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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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as to the name
By wetwareinterface on 4/18/2007 5:34:26 PM , Rating: 4
the name silverlight is to remind you of a movie experience a.k.a. the silver screen and the light beam dust reflections overhead from the projector the "silverlight"

it's basically a bundled remarketing of .net and vc-1 wmv movies with support now for macs. which all in all isn't so bad as now any .net developer can target the mac as well in online apps.

as to linux, no the market isn't 30 million desktops. it's 30 million installs 98% + of which are server installs. the linux desktop market is hovering around 1% of market share. the mac desktop market share bounces from 3%-5% depending on which survey you look at. the server market share is a lot higher, and that is more of what microsoft is concerned about than the desktop space as far as linux goes competition wise. linux is really viable in the server market and nil in the desktop market. wine and cedega don't emulate well enough for any modern game to be playable, and older ones are still spotty at best. apps wise you have a couple of good graphics editors and 2 flavors of suns office suite the payware and open source version that compete in office productivity. specialized video editing without buying a unix originated hardware/software solution is a joke. 3d modeling is okay but the windows variants are easier and more feature complete as the unix originated versions aren't being developed much at all anymore or are but by hobbyist/open source projects which don't receive the same focus as their paying day jobs working for the big corps making maya and 3dstudio etc...

linux can be used as a desktop replacement don't get me wrong. but it is more like the vista basic vs vista ultimate confusion. it works and has 3d elements on the desktop and you can fire up a graphic editor and office package but come game time your hosed. for me personally I do music as a hobby and the availability of compelling music software on linux is nada. there are a few brave attempts but compared to windows or even a mac there is nothing that comes close. and that is what most people see when looking at linux for the desktop. "what i can't run battlefield 2142 except as a bot match? and at 1/3 the frame rate as windows?"

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