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Microsoft Silverlight Streaming by Windows Live

Microsoft has today announced a new collaboration service between Silverlight (previously named WPF/E) and Windows Live called “Microsoft Silverlight Streaming by Windows Live”.

Microsoft® Silverlight Streaming by Windows Live is a companion service for Silverlight that makes it easier for developers and designers to deliver and scale rich media as part of their Silverlight applications. The service offers web designers and developers a free and convenient solution for hosting and streaming cross-platform, cross-browser media experiences and rich interactive applications that run on Windows and Mac. Combined with the ability to create content with Microsoft® Expression Studio and other 3rd party tools, Web designers and content publishers wishing to integrate Silverlight applications into their online properties can enjoy complete control of the end user experience.

Microsoft® Silverlight Streaming by Windows Live can be used either directly from the administration web site (https://silverlight.live.com/) or via a REST API. The API allows you to upload, update, delete, and invoke Silverlight applications using the Silverlight Streaming service. Click here to view the complete API reference.

While the product is in pre-release, storage and delivery is free up to 4 GB, with outbound streaming up to DVD quality (700 Kbps). As we move out of Beta, developers/designers will have continued use of the service with up to 1 million minutes of free video streaming at 700 Kpbs per site per month. Unlimited streaming will also be available for free with advertising, or with payment of a nominal fee for the service for use without advertising.

If the Silverlight application contains a video, the video file must be smaller than 22 MB.
This is equivalent to a continuous video stream of 10 minutes at 300 Kbps. If the video stream is encoded at any higher bitrate, it will have to be shorter than 10 minutes.
For example, if the video stream is encoded at the highest allowed bitrate of 700 Kbps, the maximum length of the video is just below 4.3 minutes.

About Silverlight Streaming: To learn more about the benefits of Microsoft Silverlight Streaming by Windows Live, visit microsoft.com/silverlight/streaming.

For Developers and Designers: To learn more about how to program Microsoft Silverlight Streaming by Windows Live please review the SDK on dev.live.com/silverlight.

Learn about Microsoft Silverlight: Explore the possibilities of Microsoft Silverlight, a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of media experiences and rich interactive applications (RIAs) for the Web, visit microsoft.com/silverlight.

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