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Microsoft® Silverlight integration for Windows®

Several web browsers are nowadays available to surf the Internet with great ease. With the advancements in web technologies, it has become quite easy to watch videos or listen music online. Various websites provide support for playing games online. The advancement of such capabilities of web browsers is due to the background coding. If you connect your web browser to Internet it updates the necessary files needed for its smooth operation. These files are the update files that are needed to provide a more advance platform for the browser.

Online technologies for web browsers are supported by the background codecs of the browser. These codecs install necessary files for the browser to run advance applications. Sometimes you may have seen the message that a codec is needed to play the file. Such messages are generated by the browser to upgrade its functionality. Most of the codecs are already provided by the web browsers. An extension to a codec integrates files necessary to run the latest applications on a web browser.

One such extension for the codec of web browser is Silverlight. It provides a cross-platform implementation for the .NET Framework. Silverlight was basically developed by Microsoft for next generation media experiences on web. It provides Rich Interactive Applications (RIA) for web. Silverlight integrates with almost all types of browsers. It can be integrated with Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari and so on. To integrate Silverlight with your web browser a small plug-in is needed to be installed. This plug-in installs very easily and quickly.

The latest news about Silverlight is that a native extension is now available. The extension provided for Silverlight is now applicable for native users of Windows 7. It consists of a set of libraries that support Windows 7 features including taskbar and jump lists. This extension helps in connecting the devices attached to a system like webcam, microphone and any other input sensor devices.  Silverlight extension give a set of codecs to the web browser. With the help of these codec technologies, the web browser becomes more efficient for offering a multimedia rich experience.

The new extension provided by Silverlight is based on the existing features. It also provides COM automation wrappers for the users of Windows 7 APIs. API stands for application programming interface and it is a native environment on which the extension is applied. This means that developers of Silverlight are able to create applications that can be integrated with the desktop of Windows 7 and local hardware.

Right now, the Silverlight extensions are applicable to Windows 7 only. These extensions will not work with Windows XP. The extensions of Silverlight running in browsers still have the common set of features on Windows and Mac operating systems.

Bing™ Visual Search Now Lets You Compare Apps

Bing Visual Search allows the “search by picture” feature, integrating the Silverlight technology, based on the .NET framework and Windows Presentation Foundation. It is a cross platform and a cross browser plug-in. The next generation Microsoft .NET offers media experience and rich interactive applications for the web, with features similar to those of Adobe Flash. Silverlight is compatible with Microsoft Windows and the Mac OS X operating systems. In fact, a free software Moonlight developed by Novell, in cooperation with Microsoft has made available the Silverlight functionality to even Linux and other open source platforms.

The Bing Visual Search App is known in for ease of browsing through the large collection of Windows Phone 7 applications. This has been further updated with a new feature to compare Windows Phone 7 applications. On accessing the Bing Search for Windows Phone 7 applications, the new compare tab/button provided allows you to look-up as many as 5 apps in comparison at the same time. This global comparison between similar apps or difference between the apps, at a single glance is a key breakthrough. Well, this wonderful development with integration of Windows Phone 7 with the internet, allowing comparison of apps, has once again brought Microsoft to the top of the marketplace.

How Silverlight Works

Since the age old days when a web page on the Internet contained just static text and a few images if possible, the world has changed drastically. Now you can watch not only videos, but a lot dynamic and versatile content has been uploaded to make the browsing experience unique. Talking about the videos, the recent Beijing 2008 Olympic Games were telecasted on Internet using Microsoft’s new Silverlight technology.

So how does Silverlight work? What does it do? To answer all the questions we are here. Actually Silverlight is just an application similar to Adobe Flash, used to view videos and dynamic content. It is developed by Microsoft.

This is how it works:

• Firstly for the Silverlight to work the developer who requires it to create Silverlight applications needs to download its plug-in and player which are very small in size. For the viewer to browse any Silverlight format video, he needs to have a Silverlight plug-in in his browser. Basically Silverlight is a cross browser, which performs on various platforms for implementation of .NET Framework. It is also used to deliver exclusive, versatile and rich interactive applications for the Internet.

• The plug-in required is so small that it is just a fraction of seconds to complete the required download and this technology supports all the browsers namely, Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Google Chrome, Safari. It is a combination of programming languages and selected tools to provide the developer a single platform for creating content for the web. Silverlight can also tweak with your JavaScript and ASP.NET APAX to easily incorporate into its platform.

• The major competitions that Microsoft is trying to beat using Silverlight is Adobe Flash and Sun Microsystems Java. The features of the Silverlight include a built-in codec support for playing VC-1 and WMV video, and MP3 and WMA audio within the browser. Supports’ live streaming too, while is also enabled to play rich content media on the Internet. Silverlight utilizes the highest quality video codec so get ready to experience Blu-Ray and HD content on live streaming.

• As it can operate on any browser and any operating system, it has spread it wings on the Apple Operating System too. Both Visual Studio and Microsoft.net framework will be allowed to work seamlessly at the same time on this cross platform. So the developers can work on hard core scripting platform while designers can design the content any time. The cost of licensing is also the lowest as one just needs an ISS on Windows Server to operate it seamlessly. One must have observed how simple it easy to download videos via YouTube as they operate in Adobe Flash format, but the same is not possible in Silverlight, as it offers copyrighting to.

The speed is lighting, the resolution is crystal clear, and overall it is a fantastic platform for the dynamic content on the Web. Again the biggest software maker in the world proved it is mettle by releasing Silverlight platform. It’s a young technology which is able to provide rich and energetic content on the web smartly, how soon it overtakes Flash is to be seen.

Zune HD Changes Face of MP3 Player Market

Zune HD the new MP3 player in the market from Microsoft has changed the world of MP3 players. The Zune HD is a power packed gadget that delivers an amazing experience. The MP3 Player from Microsoft is a complete example of quality hardware combined with the user friendly interface. The platform, on which Zune HD has been made, has opened new possibility for developers to create games for Microsoft’s new MP3 player. The only bad thing about the Zune HD is that the third party games are restricted on Zune HD. Microsoft’s .NET based XNA Framework, delivers high performance, Direct 3D graphics however the XNA on Zune HD only supports simple 2D graphics and also there are not hardware accelerated 3D.

Although the new MP3 player from Microsoft, Zune HD comes bundled with the NVIDIA Tegra but because of the absence of hardware accelerated 3D, it lacks in graphical performance. Also the device’s Wi-Fi blocks third party applications from accessing the Internet. The capabilities of the NVIDIA Tegra chip can be exploited if the programs use the widespread OpenGL ES 2.0 API. The OpenGL ES 2.0 API is a 3D application that is used by the Apple iPhone. With the OpenZDK or the Open Zune Development Kit, it is possible to run native or third party applications on Zune HD and that too in the same quality as of Microsoft’s own Zune games. With the ZDK, the first-rate gaming experience delivered by the Microsoft published games will now be available to third party applications as well. Also it will be easier for the developers to create the native applications for the Microsoft’s Zune HD. The operating system of Zune HD is based on Windows CE 6 is widely supported.

Just like Apple allowed the jailbreak to fix the exploits on the iPhone, Microsoft might choose the same way to fix the exploits and can officially allow the development of the native applications for Zune HD.

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