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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Silverlight is Dying, Even MSNBC Rejects It

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Silverlight is Dying, Even MSNBC Rejects It
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 06 Jul 2010 20:55:48 +0100
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Is Silverlight A Dead End?

,----[ Quote ]
| Microsoft's original spin on Silverlight was 
| that it "provides enhanced Web audio and 
| video streaming and playback." That's still 
| front-and-center with Silverlight 4.0, 
| including delivery of DRM-protected content 
| in dedicated devices. So Microsoft is 
| certainly realistic about what people really 
| do with Silverlight -- most of the time it's 
| just being used as a video player. Video 
| playback is a common use for Flash as well, 
| but at least Flash has a decent-sized 
| installed base of non-video-player 
| applications.
| [...]
| Ultimately, it seems like Silverlight is 
| destined to become a niche product. 
| Microsoft plans to use it for Windows Phone 
| 7 development, so it's not going to 
| disappear. Yet it's very unlikely that 
| Silverlight will (or should) be used for 
| developing Internet web sites.


Msnbc.com tries its hand at reinventing the news website

,----[ Quote ]
| Gone are the narrow columns of text flanked 
| by related-story boxes and banner ads. The 
| news site â a partnership between Microsoft 
| and NBC Universal â has an enriched video 
| player, a widened text area, isolated 
| slideshows, a highlighted discussion 
| section, easier navigation and a layout for 
| it all that's friendlier to today's visually 
| demanding displays and devices.
| [...]
| Except for the fact msnbc.com's video player 
| uses Adobe Flash. (Interesting, by the way, 
| that it's not Microsoft Silverlight.)


Videos, photos the focus in MSNBC.com revamp

,----[ Quote ]
| The news site operated by Microsoft and NBC 
| is rolling out the biggest redesign in its 
| 14-year history.
| [...]
| It's built with Adobe's Flash technology and 
| not Microsoft's Silverlight "because of the 
| adoption rate," Wells said, and because 
| Flash video ads are standard in the ad 
| industry.



Microsoft brings Silverlight to Linux

,----[ Quote ]
| Novell shocked to be undermined. Everyone else points
| and laughs.
| So, the news is out that Microsoft is bringing real
| Silverlight to Moblin. This is not Moonlight, this is
| the real-deal Silverlight 3 in a joint effort with
| Intel for Atom-based platforms.
| A very interesting development.
| [...]
| Note Microsoft claims âweâ (meaning Novell and
| Microsoft) are building Moonlight. Microsoft says
| Moonlight is a Microsoft project.
| I whole-heartedly agree that it is a âclear extensionâ
| of Microsoftâs current efforts. That is phase 2, after
| all.


Analysis: How Moonlight 2.0 Fits into Novell's Linux and Open Source Plans

,----[ Quote ]
| But to critics of Novell's moves to align with Microsoft to offer Moonlight
| as a way to make Silverlight-enabled content work for Linux users, the bad
| karma continues. Instead of this being a good thing for Novell and Linux
| users, critics argue, the Moonlight project helps Microsoft maintain a
| leadership role in a development platform that only gives lip service to the
| open source community, they say.

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