Silverlight Definition & Meaning

A Web-based digital video technology by Microsoft, codename “WPF/E”. Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering media and rich interactive applications for the Web. The Silverlight browser plug-in is freely available for all major browsers including Mozilla Firefox, Apple’a Safari and Windows Internet Explorer running on the Macintosh or Microsoft Windows. It’s a competitor product to both the Adobe Macromedia Flash player and Apple QuickTime player.

Silverlight is based on the Microsoft .NET Framework and can be integrated with existing Web infrastructure and applications, including Apache and PHP, JavaScript and XHTML on the client. Using Silverlight, designers are able to prepare media for encoding and distribution, and create W3C standards-compliant sites.

Vangie Beal
Vangie Beal
Vangie Beal is a freelance business and technology writer covering Internet technologies and online business since the late '90s.

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