Contents tagged with SilverLight

  • Announcing Silverlight 5

    Posted by sumeethevans on December 3 2010, 5:31 AM. Posted in SilverLight.

    Today at the Silverlight FireStarter event we unveiled the next release of Silverlight.

    Silverlight 5 adds significant new features and capabilities, and enables developers to create premium media experiences and deliver rich applications across browsers, desktops and devices. In my keynote this morning we demonstrated a number of them, and highlighted both the developer productivity Silverlight 5 provides and the great new user experiences it enables.  You can watch my keynote here.

    A Silverlight 5 beta will be available in the first half of next year, and the final release will ship in the second half of 2011.

    Some major features

    • Hardware video decode: Silverlight 5 now supports GPU accelerated video decode, which significantly reduces CPU load for HD video.  Using Silverlight 5, even low powered Netbooks will be able to play back 1080p HD content
    • Trickplay: Silverlight 5 now enables variable speed playback of media content on the client with automatic audio pitch correction. This is great for training videos where you want to speed up the trainer while still understanding what he’s saying
    • Improved power awareness will prevent screensavers from kicking in while you’re watching movies while allowing the computer to sleep when video is not playing.
    • Remote-control support is now built-into Silverlight 5 - allowing users to control media playback with remote control devices.

    Full Story Here

  • IIS Media Services to Include a Version of PlayReady DRM for HTTP Streaming

    Posted by sumeethevans on May 13 2010, 3:02 AM. Posted in SilverLight.

    Some big news today for customers who are interested in easy to use, robust content protection for HTTP streaming scenarios using IIS Media Services…

    Today we’re announcing that IIS Media Services will support a version of PlayReady DRM to enable protected HTTP streaming. The PlayReady DRM IIS Media Services solution will deploy on a single box to secure your media assets for online streaming using the IIS Smooth Streaming and PlayReady DRM technology, directly within IIS Media Services - no additional license fees or royalties required.
    File-based encryption is the most robust way to secure high value content – much more so than stream encryption, which only secures the communication stream. The PlayReady DRM IIS Media Services solution will bring full file-based encryption into IIS Media Services with the ease of use of traditional stream encryption.  And the solution of course will use Microsoft PlayReady technology, which is widely supported in the industry and draws on the experience gained from more than a decade of investment that Microsoft has made in the development of DRM technology.

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  • Silverlight 4 Launch Event

    Posted by sumeethevans on April 8 2010, 9:46 PM. Posted in SilverLight.

    Return here April 13th at 8:00 AM PST(

    Live streaming from the DevConnections Silverlight 4 launch. Watch Scott Guthrie's keynote plus interviews with Scott and members of the Microsoft Silverlight and Expression teams.

    • 8:00 - 9:15 AM: Scott Guthrie's Keynote
    • 9:15 - 4:00 PM: Channel 9 Live


  • Microsoft 'worked with Apple' for Silverlight on iPhone, says Goldfarb

    Posted by bink on November 26 2009, 6:39 PM. Posted in SilverLight.

    "The promise of Silverlight is that it's a cross-device, cross-browser, cross-platform solution, and it works the same on Macs as it does on Windows," Goldfarb responded. "The iPhone is a unique scenario. We talked to our customers...and they said, 'Look, we just need to get our content there, and it's mainly in the media space like broadcasting, and we want to put it on the iPhone.' They have a great solution for that; if you're surfing the Web, and hit YouTube and hit 'Play,' it'll play your video because they've created an environment where they can safely play media, and they're comfortable with that.

    "So we've worked with Apple to create a server-side based solution with IIS Media Services," Goldfarb continued, "and what we're doing is taking content that's encoded for smooth streaming and enabling the content owner to say, 'I want to enable the iPhone.' The server will dynamically make the content work -- same content, same point of origin -- on the iPhone. We do this with the HTML 5 <VIDEO> tag, in many ways."

    4130[1]Goldfarb showed a standard HTML page where the <VIDEO> tag is embedded, linking to a familiar "Big Buck Bunny" animation that Microsoft has used before in demos. That video is located on an IIS server that now knows how to respond to a request from a QuickTime playback system. "We're translating the content to support the MPEG2 v8 [decoder] format that the iPhone format; we're moving it to their adaptive streaming format. So it's the same IIS smooth streaming content, the same server, the same point of origin, but now I can get that content to play without any code changes, without any real work, on the iPhone. That's the critical thing for our customers."


    What did it mean to "work with Apple," I asked Goldfarb. As it turns out, it's a little lopsided: "We did all the work," he responded. "We just made sure Apple was comfortable with it. We have to have a strong partnership with our partners, we have to have trust, and that's key."

    From there, Goldfarb could not go into much further detail, but the extent of the achievement could present interesting lessons for others who have been endeavoring to "work with Apple" over the years: Apparently Microsoft didn't spend most of its energy talking about it, negotiating, and making its point. It simply made the technology work first, and Apple said OK.

    Full story at: BetaNews | Microsoft 'worked with Apple' for Silverlight on iPhone, says Goldfarb

  • Free Silverlight streaming service to be replaced by paid Azure-hosted service

    Posted by sumeethevans on October 20 2009, 2:01 AM. Posted in SilverLight.

    Microsoft is discontinuing its free Silverlight Streaming service and replacing it with a paid, Azure-hosted service before the end of calendar 2009.

    Microsoft is confirming the report I saw on LiveSide.Net from October 18, which is based on a blog post from Microsoft’s Silverlight Streaming team. Silverlight Streaming is a Windows Live beta service that supports hosted audio/video content. Microsoft officials described the offering as a companion service for Silverlight for delivering and scaling rich media.

    The Softies are saying Silverlight Streaming will be discontinued at some time in the future, with no specific timeframe offered.

    Full Story at All About Microsoft

  • Microsoft Raises the Bar for Delivery of Live HD Online Video Using HTTP

    Posted by sumeethevans on September 10 2009, 8:57 PM. Posted in SilverLight.

    Bolstering its ability to provide the richest user experiences to consumers, Microsoft Corp. today announced plans to release Internet Information Services (IIS) Media Services 3.0, which enables delivery of interactive, high-definition-quality Live Smooth Streaming, along with new tools to simplify the process of delivering online experiences with Microsoft Silverlight. At the International Broadcasting Conference (IBC), Sept.11–15 in Amsterdam, Microsoft also will preview the latest media feature developments in Microsoft Silverlight 4, including native multicast support and support for offline digital rights management (DRM) powered by Microsoft PlayReady technology. In addition, the company announced the release of its IIS Smooth Streaming Transport Protocol and Protected Interoperable File Format (PIFF) specification under the Microsoft Community Promise, helping to ensure openness and industry interoperability.

    At the company’s booth at IBC, Microsoft and key partners, Envivio Inc., iStreamPlanet Co., Level 3 Communications, and TwoFour Digital, will showcase these developments, as well as highlight how a growing number of customers, including Canal+, France 24, NBC Sports, Sat. 1, ProSieben and TV 2, are adopting IIS Smooth Streaming to enable rich and compelling video experiences globally.

    “Microsoft Silverlight allows us to extend our investment in Windows Media Player and provide more accessibility and simplicity to our users. With Silverlight and PlayReady, we can run our Web TV services such as Foot+ on most Internet browsers, as well as PCs and Macs, while maintaining a high level of content security,” said Frederic Vincent, business development manager of Canal+. “Canal+ is also very excited about Microsoft’s innovative IIS Smooth Streaming technology, which will allow us to deliver an incredible video experience on the Web to our customers.”

    Full Story at Microsoft Presspass

  • Microsoft Silverlight Selected by Presidential Inaugural Committee to Enable Online Video Streaming of Inauguration Events

    Posted by vasudev on January 17 2009, 8:43 AM. Posted in SilverLight.

     Microsoft Corp. today announced that the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) has selected the company’s Silverlight technology to enable live and on-demand video streaming of the official inauguration swearing-in ceremony on the PIC Web site at As part of its efforts to hold the most open and accessible inauguration in history, on Saturday, Jan. 17, the PIC will also stream video of a Baltimore event on the Whistle Stop Tour that will take President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden to Washington, D.C., from Philadelphia.

    “Microsoft is proud to be part of this event by helping to bring the inauguration activities online,” said Brad Smith, Microsoft general counsel. “Just as during the campaign itself, Internet technology is enabling people around the world to participate more directly in historic events in new and exciting ways.”

    In August the 2008 Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) used Microsoft Silverlight to stream convention proceedings, including President-elect Obama’s acceptance speech...............................Continue At Source

  • Deep Zoom Composer

    Posted by vasudev on October 20 2008, 10:40 AM. Posted in SilverLight.

     Prepare images for use with the Deep Zoom feature in Silverlight 2. A tool to allow the preparation of images for use with the Deep Zoom feature currently being previewed in Silverlight 2. The new Deep Zoom technology in Silverlight allows users to see images on the Web like they never have before. The smooth in-place zooming and panning that Deep Zoom allows is a true advancement and raises the bar on what image viewing should be. High resolution images need to be prepared for use with Deep Zoom and this tool allows the user to create Deep Zoom composition files that control the zooming experience and then export all the necessary files for deployment with Silverlight 2...................Download At Source


  • Microsoft Releases Silverlight 2, Already Reaching One in Four Consumers Worldwide

    Posted by vasudev on October 14 2008, 12:57 AM. Posted in SilverLight.

    Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of Silverlight 2, one of the industry’s most comprehensive and powerful solutions for the creation and delivery of applications and media experiences through a Web browser. Silverlight 2 delivers a wide range of new features and tools that enable designers and developers to better collaborate while creating more accessible, more discoverable and more secure user experiences.Microsoft also announced further support of open source communities by funding advanced Silverlight development capabilities with the Eclipse Foundation’s integrated development environment (IDE) and by providing new controls to developers with the Silverlight Control Pack (SCP) under the Microsoft Permissive License.

    “We launched Silverlight just over a year ago, and already one in four consumers worldwide has access to a computer with Silverlight already installed,” said Scott Guthrie

    Silverlight 2 will be available for download on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at Customers already using a previous version of Silverlight will be automatically upgraded to Silverlight 2..................Full Story At Source 

  • Final Silverlight 2.0 for Windows and Mac now looking like October

    Posted by sumeethevans on September 30 2008, 4:39 AM. Posted in SilverLight.

    Microsoft is nearing the finish line with the 2.0 releases of both the Windows and Mac OS X versions of its Silverlight competitor to Adobe Flash.

    Late last week, Microsoft released the first public Release Candidate (RC) test builds of Silverlight 2.0 for Windows and Mac OS X. The new RC 0 build is not designed for end users; it is aimed specifically at developers. As explained on the official Silverlight site:

    Silverlight 2 Release Candidate 0 (Silverlight 2 RC0) is now available to developers for testing purposes and to help prepare your Silverlight 2 Beta 2 applications for the release of Silverlight 2.”

    I’m hearing that Microsoft is shooting to release to the Web the final Windows and Mac versions of Silverlight 2.0 around the first week or so of October. Microsoft had been shooting to deliver the final Silverlight 2.0 release this past summer, according to a Microsoft blogger who published the internal Silverlight timetable to his blog.

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  • Microsoft faces lawsuit over Silverlight

    Posted by sumeethevans on July 17 2008, 7:21 PM. Posted in Legal Issues, SilverLight.

    Microsoft's latest legal headache is a suit from a little-known company called Gotuit Media, which charges elements of Silverlight infringe on the video metadata company's patented technology.

    In a suit filed July 2 in San Francisco Federal Court, Gotuit charges Silverlight infringes on several of its patents and seeks an injunction against the software maker as well as damages and attorney's fees.

    Gotuit may be a relative unknown, but Microsoft is facing an opponent it knows quite well. Gotuit is represented by San Francisco-based lawyer Spencer Hosie, the same Hosie that successfully represented in its suit against Microsoft.

    Hosie declined to comment on the Gotuit case.

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  • Silverlight 2.0 Beta 2 related links

    Posted by vasudev on June 9 2008, 7:54 AM. Posted in SilverLight, Visual Studio.

    As announced earlier this week during the Tech•Ed 2008 Keynote - Silverlight 2.0 Beta 2 has been released.

    Get it from Microsoft Silverlight 2 Beta2.

    You can check out in details various improvementsin Beta2 from ScottGu’s Blog.

    Apart from Silverlight 2.0 Beta 2 release, comes two new releases also worth taking note of: Expression Blend 2.5 June 2008 CTP and an updated build of Deep Zoom Composer for Silverlight 2.0 Beta 2 support.

    Download Expression Blend 2.5 June 2008 Preview

    Download Deep Zoom Composer

    Also check :

    Microsoft Silverlight 2 Software Development Kit Beta 2 : This contains documentation, online samples, libraries and tools for developing Silverlight 2 applications.

    If you are interested in installing the Silverlight SDK Standalone Documentation then get this:

    Microsoft Silverlight2 Software Development Kit Beta 2 Documentation

    You can install Silverlight 2 Beta 2 for Developers here.

    Microsoft Silverlight Tools Beta 2 for Visual Studio 2008 : This package is an add-on to provide tooling for Microsoft Silverlight 2 Beta 2. It can be installed either on top of Visual Studio 2008 RTM or Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack Beta, and it provides a Silverlight project system for developing Silverlight applications using C# or Visual Basic. This download will install the following:

    • Silverlight 2 Beta 2
    • Silverlight 2 SDK Beta 2
    • KB950630 for Visual Studio 2008 RTM or KB950632 for Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Beta
    • Silverlight Tools Beta 2 for Visual Studio 2008

    For more details check the above link.