Microsoft recently pulled the plug on its Silverlight.net website. Silverlight.net served as an one stop resource for Silverlight cross-platform plugin development. It offered sample codes, showcased Silverlight developer works, offered Silverlight developer tools download, etc,. As part of its strategy to sideline Silverlight brand, Microsoft has took down the Silverlight.net website and has moved the contents to MSDN website. This migration lead to many dead links which many Silverlight developers complained on social media sites today. Microsoft commented the following regarding Silverlight.net retirement, “In order to streamline access to online resources for the Silverlight community, we’ve consolidated our Silverlight content with the library of information on MSDN. On October 2nd, we communicated to our customers that we would be merging Silverlight.net with MSDN, and completed this migration on October 31st. “We realize that some of our customers may have experienced challenges accessing links to content that had resided on the ...

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At last, Microsoft today released the final versions of Silverlight 5. Microsoft also released Silverlight 5 SDK and Developer tools for Visual Studio final versions today. New in Silverlight 5: Hardware Decode of H.264 media, which provides a significant performance improvement with decoding of unprotected content using the GPU; Postscript Vector Printing to improve output quality and file size; and an improved graphics stack with 3D support that uses the XNA API on the Windows platform to gain low-level access to the GPU for drawing vertex shaders and low-level 3D primitives. While the future of Silverlight in web apps and mobile looks cloudy under Microsoft’s new HTML5 world, Silverlight’s Enterprise future looks great. Silverlight is still the best platform to develop LOB apps inside enterprise. Anyway, It took almost 20 months for Microsoft to deliver these stuff ! ! Download links: Silverlight 5: http://cot.ag/tlxYBn Silverlight 5 SDK : Download link Silverlight ...

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Last year, we broke the news about the fact that Silverlight is coming to Xbox through a Microsoft’s job post. Microsoft removed the job post immediately and provided no info on Silverlight for Xbox. There were many reports after that which stated that Microsoft is launching Silverlight based marketplace for Xbox platform. That never happened till now. Today Gigaom posted an info on upcoming Xbox LIVE TV apps from various Microsoft partners around the world.  From Gigaom, We’ve confirmed that the apps expected to be added with the next major update to Xbox Live will be based on Silverlight — at least to a point. The framework they’re being built on is code-named Lakeview, which is essentially a prettied up version of Silverlight with new features like Xbox Kinect’s voice recognition and gesture control. Surprisingly enough, partners are not using Microsoft’s Smooth Streaming for video delivery but have chosen to ...

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MobilityDigest have recorded this video of an AccuWeather app for “windows slate” which uses out-of-browser Silverlight and is labelled “for demonstration purposes only.” At appears to have very Metro-inspired, and the left-sided menu is certainly reminiscent of the right-sided slide-in menu on Windows 8. If the app is in fact a real Windows 8 app it  will be encouraging that Silverlight development will find a home in Windows 8 after all. Install the app at AccuWeather here and read more at MobilityDigest here. ...

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David Catuhe from Microsoft today posted a HTML5 and Silverlight 5 comparison post. The post covers mostly on all the developer aspects of both the platforms. Microsoft also shared the stats from riastats.com which shows Silverlight 4 is installed on 73% of PC’s and HTML5 in 75% of PC’s. BTW, its important to note that HTML5 varies from browser to browser. Take a look at the table below to see how HTML5 and Silverlight 5 stand against each other. Match Vainqueur HTML vs XAML – Extensibility Silverlight HTML vs XAML – DOM access Draw game HTML vs XAML – Code/Tag separation Draw game Tools Silverlight Languages – Development Silverlight Languages – Performances HTML SVG vs Shapes Draw game Canvas vs WriteableBitmap – Functionalities Draw game Canvas vs WriteableBitmap – Pixels – Performances Draw game Canvas vs WriteableBitmap – Shapes - Performances Draw game Brushes Draw game Controls Silverlight Layout Draw game ...

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Mary Jo Foley reports that Microsoft will be releasing Silverlight 5 Beta on the 11th April at MIX 11. The software will include 40 new features which makes it a better development environment for rich media and business, and the final version is expected before the end of the year. It has recently been rumoured that Microsoft will also be announcing Silverlight for Xbox 360, making the technology truly cross platform. In a blog post Microsoft also reassured Silverlight developers that despite their recent promotion of HTML5 in IE9, they see both technologies as equal, saying there remains a role for the Silverlight browser plugin in a HTML5 world. “Today, plug-ins and standards play complementary roles, and as a practical matter there is no single technology to satisfy all the needs demanded by client development. While much has been written about a diminishing gap between the capabilities of HTML5 and ...

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In November last year we posted about a a job post which clearly indicated Silverlight would be making its way to the Xbox 360. Now Tom Warren from winrumors.com have posted about rumour that the software environment will finally be announced at MIX 11. The development, if true, may presage one of Microsoft’s few end runs around Apple – an open marketplace of apps on a TV-connected device already in 50 million homes. Silverlight is currently one of the development environments for Windows Phone 7, with an installed base of several thousand applications. Hopefully Microsoft will see the benefit of letting go of some control of their console for a much greater gain in the near future. ...

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