Today, a new term has been coinedRIA, which stands for Rich Internet Applications. To Microsoft, RIA really stands for Rich Interactive Applications. And it is with this in mind that Microsoft recently launched a new technology/product known as Silverlight. Previously known as Windows Presentation Foundation/Everywhere (WPF/E), Microsoft Silverlight is a browser plug-in that enables developers to host Rich Internet Applications (RIA) that feature animation, vector graphics, as well as video playback.
This article will help you get started with Silverlight and hopefully give you a good feel for how Silverlight development works.
The State of Silverlight
The Silverlight runtimes currently support the following browsers:
- Internet Explorer 6/7
- Firefox 1.5/2.0
- Safari 2.0
This article focuses on Silverlight 1.1