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Microsoft demos Silverlight capabilities

Microsoft wants Silverlight to be a rich interactive application environment you can bank on — literally.

The software giant demonstrated for the first time an application based on its Silverlight RIA platform that portends how banks might bring their online banking sites into the Web 2.0 era.

Joseph Cleaver, platform strategy advisor for Microsoft’s financial services business, gave the Silverlight demo at the Web Services/SOA on Wall Street Conference on Feb. 11 in New York.

Search Visualization: The demonstrations use the graphical model of Tafiti, Microsoft’s experimental search interface. Tafiti, described as “search visualization,” renders results through visual icons (newspaper, phonebook, feeds, Web and images) that rotate on what looks like a dish or half-sphere. The demos showed how consumers and bank employees alike might access information within the context of banking transactions.

Cleaver described it as a 360-degree view, which allows individuals to customize how data is presented, using visual cues to represent certain operations — for example, using video pop-ups. “There’s different ways to present data,” he said during the demonstration. “It’s a really nice way to navigate.”

In a separate demo showing how a company might deploy 401(k) self-service applications, a video pop-up gave a tutorial on various investment options. It wasn’t all just pretty pictures, though. Cleaver showed how a customer or bank employee may perform calculations, such as the implications of trying to make larger mortgage payments or dragging away information that the user doesn’t want to see.

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