Microsoft launched Silverlight yesterday in a blaze of stunning demos at the MIX07 keynote yesterday. The demos were not done by Microsoft but by partner companies who were given access to Expression Studio (the Silverlight development tools) a couple of weeks ago.
Everyone I have talked to at MIX was blown away.
To my mind the most impressive demo was by Beau Ambur of Metaliq. Beau demo’d a video editing app which was extremely easy to use, very powerful and browser based. Yes, you read that correctly, browser-based! It took me a while for that to sink in with me too. I was watching Beau’s demo, thinking, wow, that’s cool when it suddenly dawned on me that there was an address bar at the top of the screen! Hang on a sec, he’s doing this in a browser? You can do this in a browser? Wow!
Even more impressive was that the demo (called Top Banana) had a 50k footprint!
What is did Microsoft announce? It breaks down into:
- Expression Studio – the development tools for creating Silverlight content
- Silverlight plugin for consuming Silverlight content and
- Silverlight Streaming for (free) hosting your Silverlight created content
Silverlight, and its development tools have changed radically how video will be created, published and consumed on the web. The guys in Joost must be watching this with interest!
[Disclosure – Microsoft paid most of my travel, conference entry and accommodation expenses for the MIX07 conference]