Tomorrow’s presidential inauguration of Barack Obama will be a truly historic event.

Silverlight is being used as an enabling technology on several sites that will allow those of us who can’t be there in person to share the experience online.

Presidential Inaugural Committee

The Presidential Inaugural Committee has worked with iStreamPlanet to enable live and live and on-demand video streaming of the Inauguration events at the official Presidential Inaugural Committee web site: It streamed its first live video on Saturday, with the train ride that took President-elect Obama from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. The official Inaugural swearing-in ceremony, speeches and parade will also be streamed live online on Tuesday, January 20.


You can read more about the Presidential Inaugural Committee here.

CNN and MSNBC with Photosynth

CNN and MSNBC are both launching Photosynth viewers that will help capture the Oath of Office experience. They will combine pictures takes from professional photographers with pictures uploaded from people in the crowd to create an interactive Photosynth experience of the event using Silverlight’s built-in DeepZoom feature to deliver an amazing 3D viewing of it.

Check out CNN’s and MSNBC’s pages a few hours after viewers send in their pictures of the inauguration crowd, the President-elect’s raised hand, and everything in between.

You can learn more about Photosynth and Silverlight from the Photosynth team blog here.

This week will be an exciting part of history.  Hope you get a chance to enjoy experiencing it with Silverlight!