Microsoft on December 9, released the Silverlight 5, "a free plug-in, desktop and mobile development platform. The plugin is less than 7 MB in size that can be installed in less than 10 seconds."
The new features in Silverlight 5 include:
- Hardware Decode of H.264 media, which provides a significant performance improvement with decoding of unprotected content using the GPU
- Postscript Vector Printing to improve output quality and file size
- an improved graphics stack with 3D support that uses the XNA API on the Windows platform to gain low-level access to the GPU for drawing vertex shaders and low-level 3D primitives.
In addition, to the above features, Silverlight 5 also extends the 'Trusted Application' model to the browser for the first time.
"These features, when enabled via a group policy registry key and an application certificate, mean users won't need to leave the browser to perform complex tasks such as multiple window support, full trust support in browser including COM and file system access, in browser HTML hosting within Silverlight, and P/Invoke support for existing native code to be run directly from Silverlight," informs Silverlight team.
The version 5 release supports all the same platforms that the previous versions of Silverlight did: Windows, Mac. It also works with Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari.
You can find more information and download the Microsoft Silverlight 5 from its site.