The growth of Silverlight has been perhaps faster than any of us involved in its inception would have predicted. In less than three years, Microsoft has released four desktop releases, each packing a payload of hundreds of features in response to customer feedback. Silverlight is now deployed on somewhere approaching two-thirds of all Internet-connected PCs,1 and it’s the primary platform for general-purpose development on the new Windows Phone 7. Silverlight powers all manner of mainstream applications: from high-end media experiences like Netflix, NBC Sports, and Sky Player to the web version of Office. It’s in use at top consumer websites like eBay and for mission-critical applications inside the firewall of numerous Fortune 500 ...

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