What is the function of Silverlight?

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What is the function of Silverlight?


I'm not sure if that is meant to be ironic, but it is a .NET plugin providing rich media support and full vector graphics (with GPU acceleration) for use in the web. A "Mono" version (Moonlight) is also available for Unix.

It certainly has some similarities to Flash, etc., but it is a different implementation, based more on the .NET stack. Of course it is also now at competition with JavaScript and jQuery which get faster and richer at a pace.

The same technology (but a different core) also powers much of Windows Phone 7 development, and similar approaches are used in WPF.