Jun 9, 2008 at 3:11 AM
Does Slide.Show support using GIF and Animated GIF's ?  If so, how?  Thanks //
Jun 9, 2008 at 5:40 PM
Hi guilloramirez,

Silverlight does not currently support GIF (either animated or static), and having discussed this with the product team at Microsoft, there doesn't appear to be plans to include it in future versions. Basically, it would add additional overhead to the plugin to include support for the format, and animated GIFs would basically require a revisit of the rendering architecture (especially with storyboard interactions). From Ashish Thapliyal's blog:

We don’t want to take the hit for another codec. It may only be a little bit of download time—but our mandate is small and fast and every little bit counts. We are also hesitant to support .gif because it implies support for animated .gif, which we decided would have to be integrated into our animation scheme somehow—and that will be a lot of work. <o:p></o:p> Looking from Flash perspective, Flash does not support .gif either. However, as of present, this is something being evaluated, but no date has been announced

Hope this answers your question.