Microsoft releases Silverlight 2 beta

Moving forward with next-generation software in two critical realms, Microsoft released Wednesday initial public beta versions of its Silverlight 2 multimedia presentation technology and the Internet Explorer 8 browser.

The company announced the releases at its Mix08 conference in Las Vegas.

Implemented as a plug-in, Silverlight is Microsoft's horse in the industry's race to provide the most eye-catching visual effects; it competes with Adobe's Flash Player and related technologies. Silverlight is cross-browser, cross-platform, and cross-device, Microsoft said. Version 2 features support for managed code and developing with multiple languages, including IronRuby, IronPython, javascript, and .Net. The beta is available from Microsoft's Web site.

Download: Silverlight Beta 2

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