What is WPF/E ?
* WPF/E stands for Windows Presentation Foundation Everywhere.
* WPF/E is directly related to XAML.
* WPF/E provides a consistent programming model for building applications and provides a clear separation between the UI and the business logic.
* WPF/E is the new graphic engine for the Windows Vista operating system,and also available for installation on Windows XP SP2 and Windows Server 2003.
* WPF/E supports rich graphics, 2D,3D applications....
The Silverlight plug-in is both cross-browser and cross-platform for delivering the next generation of .NET 3.0 framework based rich online media content.
Silverlight 2's biggest change from Silverlight 1.0 is the inclusion of a compact version of the .NET Framework, complete with the .NET Framework 3.0 Common Language Runtime.
Silverlight supports the display of high-definition video files,cost effective advanced streaming,high- resulation interactivity with deep zoom.
Silverlight is being taken as a competitor to Adobe's Flash.Where as Flash’s main focus is on animation, vector graphics and now videos. Silverlight can handle vector images, video’s, animations and basically anything else Flash can do.
If you just want to view Silverlight content then all you need is the Silverlight plugin. Similar to the flash plugin it’s a small file (1.4 MB) that you simply download and install to get Silverlight content working in your browser.
If you’re planning on developing applications using Silverlight then there are a few other things you will need.
1.Expression Blend 2 – This is where the Silverlight apps are made. Its a user interface design tool for creating rich graphical interfaces for web and desktop applications.
2.Expression Design 2 – Similar to photoshop this is the program you use to create your images.
3.Expression Encoder 2 -Is a Windows program for encoding digital audio and video media.
4.Expression Media 2 - For assets management as well as media encoding.
5.Visual Studio - For compiling and debugging your applications.
Or you can download all in one pack Expression Studio 2
Microsoft also offering 4gb of free Silverlight hosting, all you need is a Live Passport account (if you use virtually any Microsoft service such as Live Messenger or Hotmail you have one!).
Free Silverlight Hosting.
Expression Blend Silverlight Tutorials (Tools)