The Windows Presentation Foundation now has a following of developers. These developers were waiting for the release of the foundation for the web. Microsoft released several Community Technology Previews (CTPs) of the codenamed WPF/E for these developers. Microsoft launched WPF/E earlier this month in Las Vegas. The foundation is now branded as Microsoft Silverlight. Microsoft Silverlight promises cross-browser, cross-platform user experiences. It also separates designers from developers with the release of Microsoft Expression studio for designers and the well-known Visual Studio for developers. The cross-browser/platform promise comes by the install of a downloadable plug-in that you can be sure to see in your upcoming Windows updates.
Now it is up to web developers to take full advantage of the foundation and its capabilities. Building rich web experiences will no longer be limited to the .NET Frameworks availability on a web server or on an Apple Computer. Rich web experiences will only be limited to the current version of a browser and its capability to run the Silverlight plug-in. I can see that the next version of SharePoint will take full advantage of Microsoft Silverlight. It will give advertising companies the edge they need to deliver messages to potential customers that is appealing and interactive.
To find out more about Microsoft Silverlight visit http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight. For more FAQs, visit http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/asp/faq.aspx. For resources on how to get started now, click on any of the links below.
Expression Studio (Free evaluation is available for download)