Microsoft has begun shipping Silverlight 2, the company's rival to Adobe Flex, for creating multimedia web applications...
that include audio and video.
Microsoft is planning to work with the open source community to add Silverlight to the Eclipse open source development environment. A preview version can be downloaded from today. The full version is due in the second half of 2009.
The company has been trying to get more users to run the product. During the 17 days of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Microsoft said that the NBC Olympics website, powered by Silverlight, had more than 50 million unique visitors.
The site coped with 1.3 billion page views, 70 million video streams and 600 million minutes of video watched, increasing the average time on the site (from 3 minutes to 27 minutes). Other users include Blockbuster, Hard Rock Cafe and Toyota.