Microsoft Silverlight to become partly open-source

Posted on Tuesday, May 01 2007 @ 11:50 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Microsoft said that some parts of its flash competitor, Silverlight, will be released as open-source code this week.
Sources said Microsoft will also release a beta of Silverlight, a recently unveiled browser plug-in that allows Web content providers to offer a rich video and interactive media experience from directly within Web sites. The technology leverages Vista's new graphics framework, Windows Presentation Foundation, and Microsoft is promoting it as a direct competitor to Adobe's Flash tool and delivery mechanism for rich multimedia content on the Web.

Specifics on which aspect of Silverlight will be open sourced were not available, and Microsoft's public relations firm declined to comment Friday.

The final version of Microsoft's Expression toolset for building RIAs (rich Internet applications) also may make an appearance at MIX07, according to sources, though Microsoft has two more months to work on the tool according to its schedule. The company has said Expression, another product it hopes will woo RIA designers away from Adobe, will be available before the end of June.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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