Silverlight is essentially nothing more than Microsoft’s vision of a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in designed to be the source of rich online user experiences and to dislodge Flash from its current dominant position on the market. And when the Redmond company said cross-platform they indeed meant it. · Compelling cross-platform user experiences · Flexible programming model with collaborative tools · Efficient, lower cost of delivery, and more capable media solution · Connected to Web, servers, and services Compelling cross-platform user experiences · Deliver media experiences and rich interactive applications (RIAs) for the Web that incorporate video, animation, interactivity, and stunning user interfaces. · Seamless, fast installation for users, thanks to a small, on-demand, easy-to-install plug-in that is under 2 megabyte (MB) in size and works with all leading browsers. · Consistent experiences between Windows-based and Macintosh computers without any additional installation requirements. · Create richer, more compelling Web experiences that take greater advantage of the client for increased performance. · Stunning vector-based graphics, media, text, animation, and overlays that enable seamless integration of graphics and effects into any existing Web application. · Enhance existing standards/AJAX based applications with richer graphics and media, and improve their performance and capabilities by using Silverlight.