Linked by weildish on Tue 20th Jan 2009 02:13 UTC
In the News Those up top (the Presidential Inaugural Committee) chose to utilize Microsoft's Silverlight technology to stream the upcoming inaugural events for the new president of the United States. Though Microsoft certainly likes this idea, this leaves out thousands of people in the US and elsewhere who still cannot run Silverlight or an open source alternative on their systems from viewing the streamed video online. Update by Thom: Linux and PowerPC Mac fans rejoice, as they can watch the inauguration as well using Moonlight. Migel De Icaza wrote: "Microsoft worked late last night to get us access to the code that will be used during the inauguration so we could test it with Moonlight." Microsoft and the Moonlight team fixed this issue in one afternoon, so it might be a little rough.
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RE[2]: Soooo ....
by AAArno on Tue 20th Jan 2009 09:26 UTC in reply to "RE: Soooo ...."
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Yes, that would be ideal but a closed standard makes more money for the company that owns the product. :/

And I seriously doubt the Obama campaign chose Silverlight because it was 'fresh' or it was something 'the development team is comfortable with'; Microsoft just had their big foot in the door. Especially because, I recollect, the company was a big contributor to the Obama campaign.

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