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Silverlight Rising

There was a time when I allowed myself to be surprised by Microsoft's ability to play catch-up, but no longer. So when I ran across Tim Sneath's blog, Musings of a Client Platform Technical Evangelist, I wasn't entirely shocked to find an impressive list of 50 working Silverlight applications.

Silverlight, of course, is the combination cross-platform media runtime and application delivery platform that promises to do a lot more than simply give Redmond a competitor to Adobe Flash. It offers .NET-savvy developers the ability to deliver functional applications to systems beyond .NET-enabled Windows PCs.

There's some cool stuff here. The Office Ribbon app (found here) turns Microsoft Office 2007 RibbonX XML into Silverlight XAML to enable rich navigation of Silverlight-based apps.

You'll also find the Telerik RadCube control, an interactive cube-shaped image selector that can be used in Silverlight applications.

What kind of apps would you like to see come out of the Silverlight community? Is your company looking at the technology? E-mail me at [email protected].

Posted by Michael Desmond on 07/18/2007

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