Nov 20 2009

50 Interactive Silverlight Applications

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Microsoft Silverlight enables development of the next generation of Microsoft .NET-based media experiences and rich interactive applications (RIAs) for the Web. Silverlight is delivered as a cross-platform and cross-browser plug-in that exposes a programming framework and features that are a subset of the .NET Framework and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF).

Silverlight offers rapid creation and delivery of sophisticated internet applications through a Web browser. Forged from technology used in over 100,000 companies and understood by over 4 million developers worldwide, Silverlight has the full support of Microsoft’s tools, technologies, and thriving partner ecosystem.

Today, we present 50 interactive Silverlight applications as sample to give you an overview as to what you can achieve with Silverlight.

Silverlight Showcase

Advertising

YeeJie’s Silverlight Magazine
This website features a Silverlight carousel.

YeeJie's Silverlight Magazine

Mazda Car Configurator
Build your own Mazda using the new car configurator’s high resolution images, 360-degree exterior view and deep-zoom interior views to bring you closer to your choosen Mazda.
Mazda Car Configurator

SEAT Exeo Launch eMagazine
SEAT has created an eMagazine to support the launch of new model Exeo. This is the first time that Silverlight technology has been used to deliver this type of solution for a major brand.
SEAT Exeo Launch eMagazine

Rich Media

Ultra Mashup Studio
Create rich, interactive Silverlight applications by mixing together audios, images, text captions, and feedback forms and then splitting them into chapters and tracking markers. Ultra Mashup Studio transforms simple one-way videos into high-impact RIAs.

Ultra Mashup Studio

LuckyLight
This is a casual raffle application which could be used to pick a lucky number, using a random number generator from a specified range.

LuckyLight

Extreme Chatroom
This is a chat application where the user can chat with other users, create chat rooms, update their avatar, all done via sockets.

Extreme Chatroom

Video Transcript Viewer
Experience a Silverlight video player with synchronized text transcript which features audio plot or transcript to jump video to that time point. Liquid layout with fonts globally resizable on-the-fly.

Video Transcript Viewer

MSN Toolbar
The new MSN Toolbar lets you see highlights of popular MSN channels quickly, stay up-to-date without leaving the Web page you are on, get breaking news headlines and use handy search tools to find exactly what you need.

MSN Toolbar

SpatialWiki
SpatialWiki is a geography portal that encourages users to create, edit and share map layers. Created entirely in Silverlight, SpatialWiki stores data from user contributions in the cloud using Microsoft’s SQL Server Data Services.

SpatialWiki

Inkable Search Tip
Write your search query in the Silverlight panel and then have your handwriting recognized and the query sent off to a search engine. If you have a stylus, this may be the most natural way to search the web.

Inkable Search Tip

Silverlight OS
This Silverlight application simulates execution of an operating system running on a user’s machine and gives an operating system look and feel over the web.

Silverlight OS

Online Classroom
This application is a tutor.com sample online classroom having a better, faster and interactive way to communicate with online tutors.

Online Classroom

MSN ClipClub
MSN Video and Windows Live Messenger merge into a fascinating and new user experience: high-quality content and direct web-based communication. The multimedia Silverlight interface links the best of both worlds.

MSN ClipClub

Ecardoo
This site is placed for you to create customized video ecard. You can search images on Flickr, and compose them in many ways you want.

Ecardoo

MeWorks – Experience Website with Fun
A fascinating way to show your websites with enhanced user experience.

MeWorks - Experience Website with Fun

Information

Wildfire Information Portal
Pitney Bowes FireLocator disseminates timely wildfire data and information. Data from multiple sources are integrated to provide a multi-media enriched, map-based view of current and past wildfires.

Wildfire Information Portal

Tarantula
An interactive search engine for Amazon.com. Users can explore links between similar books as a graphical web that has a tactile physical feel.

Tarantula

Silverlight Weather Widget
This widget returns five day weather forecast from The Weather Channel given a valid 5-digit US Zip Code. Uses Silverlight 1.0, ASP.NET AJAX, LINQ-to-XML and C#.

Silverlight Weather Widget

DaisyNow
A Digital Talking Book designed in Silverlight.

DaisyNow

WorldWide Telescope
A rich interactive application to explore the universe.

WorldWide Telescope

WorldByCharts
WorldbyCharts is a web application which allows one to draw charts of a combination of variables, most typically economic variables, on-demand.

WorldByCharts

WorldNews
WorldNews is a free service webpage that can tell you what is happening in the world real-time using Silverlight.

WorldNews

Buzzoggi
Buzzoggi is a mashup that analyzes over 30 RSS feeds to find the hottest concepts at this moment on the web, displays them and helps you quickly explore them further by accessing original sources and automatically sending searches to other popular sites.

Buzzoggi

Parcel Atlas
Parcel Atlas is a Silverlight application which uses MapDotNet UX to allow users to search and visualize over 62 million property parcels in five hundred counties throughout the US Parcel geometry. The data is stored in a SQL Server 2008 database.

Parcel Atlas

Galleries and Slide Shows

Imaginalaxy.com
This is a massive image sharing and real-time collage application. Upload images and reposition, rotate and resize in real-time within your own image galaxy. Edit collages in real-time with friends or share your images on Myspace, Facebook and more.

Imaginalaxy.com

Slide Show
Slide.Show is an open source Silverlight slideshow control that allows you to publish and embed highly customizable photo galleries and image slideshows anywhere on the web.

Slide Show

Drag-Twist Album
This application allows you to drag and scale images or video using Silverlight technology.

Drag-Twist Album

Postcard Viewer
Photo Viewer is a Silverlight application used to convert photographs into postcards. You can add captions, click to zoom, and switch between postcards using the arrow keys.

Postcard Viewer

Art Collection Viewer
The deep zoom art collection viewer enables visitors to navigate, zoom, and view the stunning artworks from this world class collection. See artworks closer and in more detail – right down to each individual brush stroke.

Art Collection Viewer

E-Commerce

AmazonAG
Shop for books on Amazon using Silverlight. Search, browse, view and select books with a more interactive experience.

AmazonAG

Brighton’s Interactive Charm Builder
This is an interactive charm builder with a real-time cost calculator. It can also create a PDF of the assembled design and e-mail the order.

Brighton's Interactive Charm Builder

DShop
The DShop is a shopping cart built using Silverlight 2, .NET 3.5, WCF and LINQ to demonstrate how all of these technologies can work together seamlessly.

DShop

Social Media

Sobees
Sobees Web is a Twitter/Facebook client with support for multiple accounts and real time search.

Sobees

Twitterlight Twitter Web Client
Twitterlight is a Silverlight 2 Alpha/Twitter API mashup showing how to utilize a local web service to consume external API data. Uses the Sapphire control set.

Twitterlight Twitter Web Client

Business Applications

Financials Demonstrator
The demonstrator is a mock-up website that shows the interactions and experience you could get from a Silverlight enabeld site. Features like interactive video that drives charts, client-side charting, drag and drop, client-side calculations, cross-domain web services calling etc. come together seamlessly.

Financials Demonstrator

Price List Calculator
This Silverlight application was developed by Ebsolut Switzerland. It calculates over four million price calculations on the fly and was awarded the Silverlight Early Adopter Award by Microsoft.

Price List Calculator

My Travel Management
A Silverlight application that allows you to compare airfare, book flights, check flight times and flight duration.

My Travel Management

Kaldeera 2009
Kaldeera Workflow Designer 2009 is a SharePoint workflow designer using 100% Silverlight.

Kaldeera 2009

Scheduler for Silverlight
The first Outlook-like scheduling component for Silverlight. Fully template-based with default templates for Day View, Week View, Month View and Timeline View. Group by resource or by date. Supply your own template for your own custom views.

Scheduler for Silverlight

Real-time Streaming Stock Charts
Stock charts with true real-time streaming data, lots of indicators, drawing tools, watch lists and integrated news.

Real-time Streaming Stock Charts

MillionID – Finance
A new way of presenting stock exchange data and charts with Silverlight.

MillionID - Finance

Silverlight Data Driven Application
Users can drag and reorder the information to refresh the charts. The charts also support drill thru. The visual elements consume data from WCF REST, ATOM and POX services and exchange notifications upon data binding.

Silverlight Data Driven Application

Weebr
Weebr is a cute web clients listener made with Silverlight and WordPress.

Weebr

Games

Server Quest II
An exciting game to manage IT priorities online.

Server Quest II

Silver Games Cribbage
Silver Games is a collection of open source, multiplayer networked games developed in Silverlight. All games are tied together with a common lobby server featuring a global ladder ranking system.

Silver Games Cribbage

Fall In Game
FallInGame.com is an online browser game constructor, where you can create your own games, share it with friends, write comments, rate other player and games, and earn experience and progress.

Fall In Game

Strategic Command
Use strategy and deception to maneuver your armed forces into your opponent’s territory and conquer their headquarters. The winner will be crowned with glory and live to see their name thunder down the hallowed corridors of time. The loser will be buried in infamy.

Strategic Command

Tire Storm
You are a tire floating adrift on a log in the middle of the ocean. Your goal is to stay on the log as long as possible as storm rolls in and the ocean waves get crazy.

Tire Storm

Joe Rassic
Joe Rassic is a classical fighting game with dinosaurs and a hefty dose of humor.

Joe Rassic

Link and Learn Educational Games
Simple, intuitive and self pace math and science concept learning through link and learn games.

Link and Learn Educational Games

Further Resources

Following articles are suggested for further reading:

Silverlight Showcase

15 Excellent And Useful Microsoft Silverlight Tutorials & Resources

50 Silverlight Applications

Flash vs. Silverlight Gallery

About the author

Muhammad Usama Alam is a software engineer and web developer with over 8 years of experience in designing and developing business solutions for enterprise. You can follow him on Twitter.

About the Author

Comments and Discussions
  • Mark Tucker, 20 November 2009

    Here are two more examples:

    Interactive Kinship Calculator
    http://www.thinkgenealogy.com/kincalc/

    Hidden Object Casual Game
    http://www.shazaml.com/hidden-object-game-cluttered-cube

  • Arturo Toledo, 20 November 2009

    Great post! This is a great list. We should have the FWA winner Beatles website here too – it’s awesome! http://www.xbox.com/thebeatlesrockband

  • Janko, 20 November 2009

    Silverlight is rarely covered in articles, nice to see it here

  • DavidMoreen, 20 November 2009

    Who really uses Silverlight though. Flash is still the more predominate of the two.

  • kL, 20 November 2009

    One closed anti-web-standards plugin is enough. Let’s not proliferate another.

    • murven, 02 December 2009

      LOL, when you are able to create the things that Flash and Silverlight can do using web standards you can say these things. In the meantime, we have to use what we have.

  • designfollow, 20 November 2009

    great

    thank you

  • esranull, 20 November 2009

    very nice article thanks

    • zhurui, 23 November 2009

      very very nice!

  • Disraeli, 20 November 2009

    Cool stuff.With the great possibilities that Silverlight allows, it will sure attain absolute popularity though that might take a while. Nice post!

  • InspiredCSS, 20 November 2009

    Wow thanks for this. Been thinking of taking a look at silverlight for a while and this is certainly some inspiration

  • Waheed Akhtar, 21 November 2009

    Nice list of applications. Thanks for sharing

  • Rene Schulte, 24 November 2009

    You forgot http://rene-schulte.info :p It uses a soft body physics engine completly written in C# for that pure Silverlight website.

  • viettel, 24 November 2009

    It should great, thanks u

  • Herberth, 02 December 2009

    Hi,

    I’ve been working as a Microsoft Developer, and luckily I’ve been using Silverlight. I think this tool has a great potential, however IMHO it lacks of Multi platform support. I know Moonlight project is taking care of this aspect, the support is not the same that Windows Offers, I have recently read that by EOY Flash 10 will be available in linux 64 bits, meanwhile (I think) SL3 is not full supported yet on Linux, and currently MS is working in SL4.
    Well I guess I think this because of I use linux and MS operative systems, so, I get disappointed when I run into troubles when I try to run Flash/SL apps in Linux.

    Regards,
    Herberth

  • flashdev, 02 December 2009

    Silverlight is sound in principle and at least will hopefully push RIA’s further, but there still are major drawbacks:
    - Silverlight can only be developed on a windows based machine; MAJOR drawback.
    - The plugin lacks the same support and ubiquity of flash; there is no UB for the latest version of the Silverlight palyer for PowerPC based macs, etc.

  • Doug Wheeler, 02 December 2009

    Don’t forget Redliner, a collaborative word processor.

  • Balaji, 11 February 2010

    Great collection thanks dude :)

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  • Diedre Byker, 04 May 2010

    Can’t find information like this all the time. Good stuff.

  • Aravind, 17 June 2010

    Hi!

    Article is very nice and can i download these samples?

    Arvind

  • Raj, 06 April 2011

    Hey where can we find such tutorials for making such silverlight site. Or else a samples of how u made like msn clipclub or Mazda car site. I will be thankful to you if u help me to gain knowledge in this field.

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  • sithu, 03 January 2012

    Nice to see all…

  • YRishi, 19 March 2012

    Want to use video chat in my WPF application. Please reply if you have any api or control to achieve this task. I am also interested if you have third-party control.

  • WilsonLast, 19 March 2012

    Hi,

    For creating a Silverlight chat application I can recommend the Ozeki VoIP SIP SDK.

    The support team is also responsive so you can make your project even faster with the help of them.

    BR

    • YRishi, 20 March 2012

      Thanks WilsonLast for your reply.
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