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Microsoft launches Silverlight (formerly WPF/E) to compete with Flash

In hopes to make a dent in the market dominance of Adobe’s Flash, Microsoft unveiled at the 2007 National Association of Broadcasters conference a new cross-browser, cross-platform browser plug-in called Silverlight.

Previously called Windows Presentation Foundation Everywhere (WPF/E), Silverlight works with on both Macintosh and Windows with a variety of browsers including Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari.  Based on the Microsoft .NET Framework, Silverlight enables developers and designers to use existing skills and tools: for designers, Microsoft Expression Studio, and for developers, Visual Studio.

Silverlight uses Windows Media Video (WMV) and Microsoft’s implementation of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) VC-1 video standard to deliver video files can that scale from mobile devices to full-screen high-definition displays.

One such interested party in Microsoft’s internet video solution may be Netflix, which announced its on-demand video service earlier this year. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings joined Microsoft’s board of directors just last month.

“Netflix needs rapid and reliable scalability so all members can enjoy DVD-quality movies immediately on our instant-viewing feature,” said Netflix Chief Product Officer Neil Hunt. “We depend on Microsoft Windows Media technologies, and we’re excited about Microsoft Silverlight as a platform to enable instant watching of great content for all our members, on multiple platforms.”



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RE: What about Linux ?
By Niv KA on 4/18/2007 7:26:32 AM , Rating: 2
And by the way, although I do dislike Microsoft I am not a "M$ sucks" kind of Microsoft hater...

PS: I remember reading somewhere that there is an OSS alternative being developed, but I don't remember for sure...

- Niv K Aharonovich
Computer Obsessed and Proud


RE: What about Linux ?
By phatboye on 4/18/2007 9:14:07 AM , Rating: 2
It's not like Macromedia/Adobe has had a good record with bringing a flash player to *nix boxes. How many years did it take for them to update flash to version 9 for *nix. Not to mention that there still isn't a 64-bit version at all for windows or linux (at least I have not seen it yet).

Quite frankly I'm glad neither company cares about the linux crowd. There is nothing more annoying than flash ads and pop-ups. And thankfully since I am running a 64-bit version of linux I won't have to be bothered with those for a long time.


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