From the Microsoft site – ‘Silverlight is a new cross-browser, cross-platform implementation of the .NET Framework for building and delivering the next generation of media experiences and rich interactive applications (RIA) for the Web. Silverlight unifies the capabilities of the server, the Web, and the desktop, of managed code and dynamic languages, of declarative and traditional programming, and the power of Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF). The result is a platform that lets you create and deliver sophisticated, cutting-edge applications that users will love. And Silverlight offers you great productivity through familiar tools and technologies based on the .NET Framework.’

According to Microsoft, Silverlight enables you to create state of the art applications (with lots of eye candy):

  • It is a cross-browser, cross-platform technology. It runs in all popular Web browsers, including Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, and Opera, and on Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS X.
  • It provides a consistent experience no matter where it runs.
  • It is supported by a very small download that installs in seconds.
  • It streams video and audio. It scales video quality to everything from mobile devices to desktop browsers to 720p HDTV video modes.
  • It includes compelling graphics that users can manipulate—drag, turn, zoom—directly in the browser.
  • It reads data and updates the display, but it doesn’t interrupt the user by refreshing the whole page.

If your interested, create a clock using Microsoft’s tutorial.

read more at the Silverlite MSDN site.