Microsoft releases Silverlight 4 for mass consumption

Microsoft has officially released Silverlight for mass consumption.  The download brings many enhancements to the platform including support for Google’s Chrome browser.  You can download the newest version now by visiting Microsoft’s office Silverlight page here.

Silverlight 4 includes webcam and microphone support, multicast streaming, output protection and offline DRM. Silverlight 4 will also allow you to watch streams on multiple monitors. The update also promises to enhance the overall user experience, improving speed, performance and rendering for browsers.

Silverlight 4 was originally demonstrated at Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference in November 2009. Microsoft released some statistics on Silverlight 3, being installed on 33% of all computers and mobile phones during summer 2009. Silverlight is now installed on approximately 60% of all computers and mobile devices around the world today. Silverlight is being touted as the de-facto platform for development of Windows Phone 7; expect to see tighter integration to that platform as we approach the holiday season in 2010.

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