Silverlight 3 on the way

Not long after releasing the second version of Microsoft's Adobe Flash competitor, Silverlight, in October this year, Microsoft has hinted that the third version is in development.

A release date is still not known, but it is certain that it will be during 2009. Silverlight 3.0 should support multiple browsers, platforms and devices.

Scott Guthrie, corporate vice-president of the .NET Developer Platform, revealed some interesting information on his blog, Guthrie underlined that he presented just a piece of the improvements. Increased media support will likely be the biggest improvement, including H.264 video support. The promised 3D and GPU hardware support should create a noticeable improvement in graphics. Earlier, at the IBC2008 show in Amsterdam, Microsoft stated that, beside H.264 support, AAC could be expected too.

In addition, the next version of Visual Studio and Visual Developer Express will support an interactive designer for Silverlight.

Speaking about multi-platform support, Microsoft Watch announced that Microsoft and Novell, the creator of SuSE, signed a few more agreements, including releasing a Silverlight version for Linux, called Moonlight.

This is almost all of the important information available until now. Silverlight 3 still is not present in any published road map by the software giant.

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ppl are saying wow silver light can support H.264. but not many ppl know that flash has had for a long time now with cs4 flash is even better

One thing I hate about Flash is whenever I watch videos full screen it's never smooth. I blame flash because my laptop is powerful enough. Anyone else run into similar problems ?

My laptop is a Core Duo 2.0Ghz and more than capable to watch videos in HD but Flash just kills it. I dunno why but i get high CPU usage whenever watching flash pages.

SHoTTa35 said,
My laptop is a Core Duo 2.0Ghz and more than capable to watch videos in HD but Flash just kills it. I dunno why but i get high CPU usage whenever watching flash pages.


you need the latest virson of flash for it to work i use hd video all the time and it smooth

H.264 video support will be great. Flash should also look into supporting this codec, as it is by far the best technology out there for low to high bandwidth video encoding. The thing I don't currently like about SilverLight is that when a webpage is zoomed, the silverlight portion will not change in size, and will remain at the original size. If they can fix that soon, it would become a pretty viable competitor to Flash.

ironsight2000 said,
Flash dose support H264 ever since 9.0.144. it supports FULL 1080P and above

You mean: and below*...

Hopefully, "more platforms" would also mean they'll release a x64 version. :(
Or do they have to wait for Flash to do it first?

xtinction said,

Wow a fellow cd101 listener, rock on! :)

Wow!
Looking at the playlist from that site, I can see why you're surprised to find another listener! :x

Flashplayer is a hog, but silverlight is not useful enough, yet.

developer tools for 1.0 were not great. this has improved with expression blend 2 sp1's support for SL 2.0. i think we'll start seeing more SL content in the coming months.

BGM said,
*sigh* im still learning 2.0 this is getting silly now! :)

you learn they they move to another so you still have something to learn hehe

Ghecco said,
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It's the file that is responsible for a page to recognize that the correct version of Silverlight is installed. Contains the valid version numbers.