From CNET News
Microsoft on Monday announced, as expected, that it is ready with a final version of its Silverlight 2 media player.
Silverlight 2 will be available for download starting Tuesday, Microsoft said. Among the new features are support for digital rights management technology, improved cross-platform support and deep zoom technology. Microsoft also announced a range of new partners including AOL, Blockbuster, CBS College Sports, Toyota, and Yahoo Japan.
Microsoft also disclosed some numbers for the Olympics work it did with NBC. Over a 17-day period, Microsoft said NBCOlympics.com had more than 50 million unique visitors, resulting in 1.3 billion page views, 70 million video streams, and 600 million minutes of video watched.
Overall, Microsoft said the Olympics helped boost Silverlight’s U.S. penetration by 30 percent, the software maker said.
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No word if this new version will be pushed through Windows Update like version 1. Also, I am not aware if support for Internet Explorer 7 64 bit is available in this release.
Update: Mary Jo Foley: All About Microsoft shares some more info about Silverlight 2 availability today:
Microsoft officials said Silverlight 2 will be available for download from the company’s Silverlight site starting on October 14. They also said that anyone using a beta version of Silverlight 2 or Silverlight 1 will be “automatically upgraded” via its various patching systems (like Windows Update, WSUS, etc.) to Silverlight 2 in the coming months. (Users will be able to block the Silverlight 2 download if they decide to do so.)
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