Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Aug 2007 21:11 UTC, submitted by rx182
Mono Project When Microsoft chief software architect Ray Ozzie unveiled Silverlight at MIX07, he vowed that it would be a cross-platform technology. It appears as if the software giant is making good on that pledge: SD Times has learned that some of Microsoft's top developers have provided technical guidance for a Linux implementation of Silverlight.
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RE[5]: Maybe...
by butters on Thu 9th Aug 2007 23:31 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Maybe..."
butters
Member since:
2005-07-08

First of all, I'm fully aware of Silverlight's technical merit. Look at my other post in this thread.

Sure, Microsoft could make it so that the premium Silverlight development tools are only available for Windows. Then they tie the developers to Windows. But that won't get the consumers, which are the vast majority of the market.

A web development platform can't be used to sell Windows to consumers. As long as the content is available on other platforms, it becomes a non-issue for consumers. And Microsoft needs the content to be available on other platforms. Otherwise Flash wins.

But more importantly, the MS/Novell deal probably does nothing to change the Moonlight/Mono patent situation. It specifically excludes "Clone Products", including (but not limited to) Wine, OpenOffice, and OpenXchange. Mono could very well be considered a Clone Product as well, and therefore it could fall outside the bounds of the patent covenant.

I'm telling you, the patent covenants are NOT what they seem. The Foundry Products clause is even more troubling...

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RE[6]: Maybe...
by PlatformAgnostic on Fri 10th Aug 2007 03:48 in reply to "RE[5]: Maybe..."
PlatformAgnostic Member since:
2006-01-02

I don't think the goal for Windows is to try selling it to more people to grow it faster than the general growth of the PC market. They just need to keep feature parity with MacOS in the consumer space and keep up their lead on manageability in businesses.

They want to sell the Silverlight development tools, though, and the general .NET technology. That stuff will run great on Windows Servers, of course. It'd just make sense to deploy the full Microsoft stack becaus it will fit together.

As for other platforms, Microsoft has already implemented it in-house for the Mac. There is no other platform that matters to a significant degree in the consumer space. OSNews is not a normal demographic; it's simply not worth the effort to implement this stuff for the small number of consumers who are on linux.

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RE[7]: Maybe...
by abraxas on Fri 10th Aug 2007 07:36 in reply to "RE[6]: Maybe..."
abraxas Member since:
2005-07-07

As for other platforms, Microsoft has already implemented it in-house for the Mac. There is no other platform that matters to a significant degree in the consumer space. OSNews is not a normal demographic; it's simply not worth the effort to implement this stuff for the small number of consumers who are on linux.

It would make more sense to implement this stuff on Linux before Mac considering Linux has a larger userbase than Mac.

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