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SilverLight: Microsoft’s labs back on track?

June 2, 2007

Microsoft is coming with a video media player for the web, called SilverLight. Looks very much like flash but with lots of vitamins for 3D animations mixed with videos.. :

“Microsoft® Silverlight™ is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of .NET based media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web. Silverlight offers a flexible programming model that supports AJAX, VB, C#, Python, and Ruby, and integrates with existing Web applications. Silverlight supports fast, cost-effective delivery of high-quality video to all major browsers running on the Mac OS or Windows.”

Some thoughts about this technology:

Pros:

  • really cool, amazing user experience (better than flash)
  • runs in all  browsers (like flash)
  • 3D
  • runs server side on IIS and Apache…

Cons:

  • .NET development… How are they going to convert all the creative guys who already work with Flash? They rarely know much about server side development and C# is unlikely to be their favourite language… But let’s wait and see what Microsoft has put in the box for them…
  • doesn’t seem possible to do much with php with this environment… Microsoft closed box again…
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