Microsoft just released Silverlight 1.0, the cross-platform, cross-browser plug-in for streaming video, games and other multi-media content. The company has a number of content partners who will use Silverlight including Entertainment Tonight, HSN, World Wrestling Entertainment.

Entertainment Tonight launches today in Silverlight.  (As reported on Beet.TV Major League Baseball launched in an earlier version of Silverlight in late July.)

Like Flash, Silverlight is a thin plug-in download. 

It works on all major browsers and operating systems including Linux.  Microsoft is working with Novell to deliver Silverlight support for Linux, called Moonlight.  This has been much speculation about this development.

We spoke with Brian Goldfarb who heads up development for Silverlight.   Brian talks about the platform, its launch and the design tools that are being released.

Beet.TV was on location at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond last week where our intrepid video producer David Kavanaugh interviewed several executives and engineers.  We are editing a number of segments about developments at Microsoft.

Thanks to everyone at Microsoft for such warm hospitality for the purple channel.

More to come!

Grab the (Flash) embed code for this interview with Brian.

— Andy Plesser