2Microsoft Silverlight SDK for Facebook
3The Silverlight 3 and Expression 3 Launch
In July, Microsoft launched Silverlight 3 and Expression 3 at an event in San Francisco. Silverlight 3 and Expression 3 enable development teams to create RIAs and media applications with new capabilities such as Expression SketchFlow, the ability to add out-of- browser scenarios and IIS Smooth Streaming.
4Silverlight 4 Beta
Microsoft announced the beta release of Silverlight 4 during the keynote presentation of Scott Guthrie, a Microsoft corporate vice president, at PDC in November. Silverlight is currently installed on more than 45 percent of Internet-connected devices worldwide and is powering high-profile customers’ efforts such as NBC’s upcoming online broadcast of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
6Netflix and Windows Media Center
Also in May, Microsoft announced support for Netflix in Windows Media Center and the availability of the Netflix service on Windows Media Center for Windows Vista Home Premium or Ultimate. It is the same Silverlight-based service that users can get from www.netflix.com. To use it on Windows Media Center, users need to be Netflix subscribers and to have Silverlight installed on their PCs.
Live online streaming coverage of the tennis championships at Wimbledon was made widely available in the United States, powered by Silverlight.
9IIS Smooth Streaming at NAB
In April, Microsoft was at the National Association of Broadcasters Conference in Las Vegas, where the company announced the availability of Internet Information Services Smooth Streaming, which enables the broadcast of 1080p high-definition video to Silverlight-based media players.
10Michael Jackson Memorial Broadcast
After the sudden death of music icon Michael Jackson, Microsoft’s Silverlight delivered worldwide HD coverage of the “King of Pop’s” memorial service on July 7.
11Silverlight Powers Bing Visual Search and Bing Maps Control
In September, Microsoft announced that Silverlight was behind the Bing Visual Search experience, and in November the company announced the release of Bing Maps Silverlight Control.