Earlier this year, Microsoft announced Silverlight, a rich internet application framework it is unrolling to improve the user experience on web sites and web applications. When Microsoft made the announcement, Novell's Miguel de Icaza was asked whether the Mono project, which delivers technology to run Windows applications on non-Windows platforms, would support Silverlight. He said it would. Now, true to his word, Miguel will be demoing an early preview of Silverlight running on Linux, via Mono, at Microsoft's MIX conference in Paris this week. The implementation is targeted to be compatible with Microsoft Silverlight 1.1, the current working build of Silverlight. This will allow Linux users to access content on the web that is being designed and built with Microsoft's Silverlight technology.
The speed in which the Mono team has made this happen really reveals the power of the Mono platform. This preview comes only two months after Microsoft released Silverlight 1.1, and it took the Mono developers only 21 days to implement Silverlight on Mono. Mono continues to prove itself as the best solution in the market for taking Windows applications quickly and easily to Linux, Mac and other platforms. To track the progress of this project, check here.