Microsoft announced the release of the fifth version of the Silverlight multimedia platform. At the conference Silverlight Firestarter 2010 Scott Guthrie, a vice-president of the Microsoft Developer Division, presented the new functions of Silverlight 5.
The new version of Silverlight has an improved support of HD video. Thus, according to Guthrie announced that using Silverlight plug in users will be able to watch HD video on the netbook screens with the reduced load on the system resources. It will contribute to a longer time of the offline work of the devices.
Thanks to the option Trickplay, users will be able to change the speed of music and video presentation and launch them in the reverse side. Also Silverlight 5 will have a remote control support.
The beta version of the platform as well as the corresponding plug in will be released in the first half of 2011. The final version will have been released by the end of 2011.
Silverlight is one of the main competitors of the Adobe Flash platform and is used for creating multimedia content and interactive elements for web pages. For reproducing the content, users have to install a special plug-in. The first version of Silverlight was released in December 2006.
At present Silverlight exists in the versions for Windows and Mac OS X as well as for the browsers Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera and Safari. Silverlight is very popular among web application developers.