My previous blog was about Google Gear- RIA (Rich Interactive Application) implementation from Google. Silverlight is Microsoft RIA implementation. According to Microsoft "Silverlight™ is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of .NET based media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web. Silverlight offers a flexible programming model that supports AJAX, VB, C#, Python, and Ruby, and integrates with existing Web applications. Silverlight supports fast, cost-effective delivery of high-quality video to all major browsers running on the Mac OS or Windows."
Silverlight is also trying to eliminate various Flash deficiencies by offering much higher quality video. Microsoft says that Silverlight supports up to 720p video--1280 x 720 resolution much higher then Flash. And unlike Flash, Silverlight won't require any expensive back-end servers for companies wishing to rollout the technology also Silverlight supports all major Web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Firefox, and even Apple Safari, which runs only on the Mac.
Currently not enough documentation is present on SilverLight but there are some white papers present on Microsoft site discussing architecture and overview of SilverLight. Also there are number of videos present on Microsoft site featuring silver light implementation by different clients for different solutions.
Following are some useful links;
Silverlight Architecture: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb428859.aspx
Silverlight Site: http://silverlight.net/
Silverlight Demo: http://ds.pilot.serving-sys.com/BurstingRes/WPFE/msn_tech.html
BBC Radio Demo: http://download.microsoft.com/download/f/7/2/f72cff89-5769-4bd1-ab7d-f4333adbef16/BBC_mix.wmv