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Silverlight Brings .NET Framework to Mac OS X

Silverlight Brings .NET Framework to Mac OS X

May 2, 2007 12:21 amComments are Disabled

One of the big pieces of news from MIX07 is that Silverlight 1.1 will include the .NET Framework and it will run on Mac OS X in Firefox and Safari.  Currently Silverlight also works with IE6, IE7, and Firefox on Windows XP and Vista.  Support for Opera is planned but it seems there are too many issues to make it available for public consumption.

In case you’ve missed the previous announcements, Silverlight is the new name for WPF/e, which is Microsoft’s Flash killer (for lack of a better descriptor).

I think this is huge news and I’m excited to jump into some real Silverlight development.  I’m a lot more excited about Silverlight (formerly WPF/e) now that there is .NET support.  It was interesting before with only Javascript but with JIT-compiled managed code, things will really smoke.

Client-side .NET support is not in the Silverlight 1.0 Beta.  It is in the Silverlight 1.1 Alpha release.  Silverlight 1.1 uses the same core CLR as the desktop .NET Framework but some things have been factored out.  I heard today that COM interop is not included.

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