Currently, there are two runtimes available for users to experience Silverlight content.

  • Microsoft Silverlight 1.0
  • Microsoft Silverlight 1.1 Alpha September Refresh

Both runtimes support rich media capabilities and enable fast, cost-effective delivery of high-quality audio and video to all major browsers including Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer running on the Mac or on Windows. The designer experience remains largely the same for both runtimes as well. The main difference resides in the developer experience. The Silverlight 1.1 Alpha runtime introduces support for.NET languages such as Visual Basic and Visual C#.

The Features Matrix below provides an overview of which runtime is required when viewing Silverlight applications.

Silverlight Runtimes – Feature Matrix

Features

Silverlight 1.0

Silverlight 1.1 Alpha September Refresh

2D Vector Animation/Graphics

Yes

Yes

AJAX Support

Yes

Yes

Cross-Browser (Firefox, IE, Safari)

Yes

Yes

Cross-Platform (Windows, Mac)

Yes

Yes

Framework Languages
(Visual Basic, Visual C#, IronRuby, Ironpython)

No

Yes

HTML DOM Integration

Yes

Yes

HTTP Networking

Yes

Yes

Isolated Storage

No

Yes

JavaScript Support

Yes

Yes

JSON Web Services

No

Yes

LINQ to Objects

No

Yes

Managed Control Framework

No

Yes

Managed HTML Bridge

No

Yes

Managed Exception Handling

No

Yes

Media – Content Protection

No

Yes

Media – 720P High Definition (HD) Video

Yes

Yes

Media – Audio/Video Support (VC-1, WMV,
WMA, MP3)

Yes

Yes

Media – Image Support (JPG, PNG)

Yes

Yes

Media Markers

Yes

Yes

Rich Core Framework (e.g. Generics,
collections)

No

Yes

Security Enforcement

No

Yes

Silverlight ASP.NET Controls
(asp:media, asp:xaml)

Yes

Yes

Type Safety Verification

No

Yes

Windows Meda Server Support

Yes

Yes

XAML Parser (based on WPF)

Yes

Yes

XMLReader/Writer

No

Yes

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