What Is Microsoft Silverlight Used For?

by Felicia Blue

Adobe Flash has a fierce competitor. It's called Microsoft Silverlight. Microsoft is working aggressively to convince businesses to use Silverlight for two reasons. First, Silverlight can create unique user and brand loyalty experiences. Second, customers will repeatedly come to the businesses' websites because of these experiences. Learn what Microsoft Silverlight does.

Effects

Microsoft Silverlight played an influential role by providing live on-demand video streaming of the Democratic National Convention and the Olympics on the Internet.

Features

Microsoft Silverlight has a Deep Zoom feature, which allows you to keep zooming in on the picture without distorting it.

Considerations

Netflix uses Microsoft Silverlight to deliver on-demand movies via the Internet to its customers. Some customers had complained the streaming video was choppy and grainy. Microsoft fixed this problem by releasing an upgrade.

Function

Microsoft Silverlight allows you to create and deliver content to mobile devices.

Significance

Microsoft Silverlight delivers high-definition video and rich interactive applications on multiple platforms, including Windows, MAC and Linux.

Famous Ties

Microsoft has collaborated with CBS and the National Collegiate Athletic Association to stream video of the March Madness basketball championship.

About the Author

Based in Atlanta, Felicia Blue has been writing articles since 1992. Her articles have been featured in the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper, “Crain’s Cleveland Business” magazine and “Destiny” magazine. She has also written for IBM, Sun Microsystems and HP. Blue holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from University of California, Los Angeles.

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