Chalk it up to global warming. Earlier tonight, Microsoft and Novell announced plans to bring Silverlight to our shared customers on Linux. In a solution called, “Moonlight”, Novell will be creating a Silverlight implementation as a part of the Mono project.
Why is this significant? It’s a continuation of our commitment to listen to customers and bring Silverlight to the platforms that matter to them. Scrape away the veneer and it’s simple- because they asked us to. Nicely. A lot of credit goes to Miguel de Icaza whom I had the opportunity to meet at MIX. From there, the teams held a series of conversations throughout the summer.
Also in the news, Entertainment Tonight is doubling down with Silverlight, as are about 35 other partners announcing support.
I’d also be remiss to not mention that tomorrow AM, we’re launching Expression Encoder. If you’re looking for an easy tool to publish video and audio content or even live events with Silverlight, Expression Encoder is your tool. In the coming weeks, we’ll also release a plug-in for publishing directly to Silverlight Streaming and an API that makes it easy to publish via other services.
Too much for one blog post. Net-net, at MIX we said we’d deliver Silverlight 1.0 this Summer* and we did. Silverlight 1.1 is in tandem development and significant resources are going to this effort. It’s time to Light up the Web.
Congratulations to the teams who made this possible. Truly the most “can do” effort in my time at MSFT.
(Note: Many web properties will launch tomorrow AM Pacific by design)