MySpace has announced support for Microsoft's Silverlight to deliver rich Internet application (RIA) experiences into the MySpace Open Platform.
MySpace has announced support for Microsoft's Silverlight to deliver
rich Internet application experiences into the MySpace Open Platform.
The introduction of Silverlight into the MySpace Open Platform
empowers MySpace developers with more freedom and flexibility to design
OpenSocial applications using the tools and technology they want,
MySpace officials said. Silverlight and the MySpace Open Platform will
enable developers to rapidly create and deliver MySpace applications
with a custom look and feel through the flexible skinning of controls
and data, the company said.
"We are pleased to bring MySpace users the benefits and flexibility
of Microsoft's platforms," said Aber Whitcomb, chief technology officer
of MySpace. "Our relationship enables app developers to use Silverlight
to create engaging MySpace apps and allows Windows Mobile users to have
a more personal MySpace experience on their phone."
Microsoft and MySpace have released an Open Source kit that makes it
easy to develop OpenSocial applications using Silverlight that run on
the MySpace Open Platform. To learn about this kit and how designers
and developers can use it to create interactive, engaging apps on
MySpace, visit here
, and read the blog post about MySpace's support of Silverlight at developer.myspace.com.
"Microsoft is pleased to work with MySpace to enable developers to
create compelling and custom OpenSocial applications using
Silverlight," said Brian Goldfarb, director of the developer platform
group at Microsoft, in a statement. "By utilizing the Open Source kit
released by Microsoft and MySpace, developers can now harness the power
of the rich media features in Silverlight to take the user experience
to a new level for the MySpace community."
Meanwhile, in a blog post, Michael Scherotter is a Media Experience Evangelist for Media and Communications with Microsoft,
On Thursday, April 2, MySpace and Microsoft will jointly release a
kit on the CodePlex Open Source site (with the MS-PL License) that will
make it easy for developers using Visual Studio and designers using
Expression Blend to create Silverlight applications on MySpace's
OpenSocial-based developer platform.
Along with Max Newbould, Development Manager for OpenSocial on
MySpace, I will be giving a presentation at the Web 2.0 Expo in San
Francisco on Thursday, April 2 at 1:30 PM on this Silverlight Kit for
MySpace. The kit should be available on CodePlex at the
conclusion of the session.
Moreover, Scherotter, who said he has been working with MySpace for months on the effort, added:
"As the MySpace Developer Platform grows and evolves, we want to
keep Silverlight as a relevant option for designers and developers who
want to create engaging, interactive application for MySpace users.
Working with developers at MySpace we've created a kit that would let
designers with Expression Blend use data binding in Silverlight to
connect to the data provided by the MySpace Developer Platform. We've
even added design-time and offline sample data to the kit to aid in