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[6]: Maybe...
by PlatformAgnostic on Fri 10th Aug 2007 03:48 UTC 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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RE[8]: Maybe...
by Johann Chua on Fri 10th Aug 2007 09:46 in reply to "RE[7]: Maybe..."
Johann Chua Member since:
2005-07-22

Mac is more standardized than Linux, and MS has more Mac programming experience.

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RE[8]: Maybe...
by MollyC on Fri 10th Aug 2007 18:21 in reply to "RE[7]: Maybe..."
MollyC Member since:
2006-07-04

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

Really?

http://marketshare.hitslink.com/report.aspx?qprid=2
Linux: 0.75%
Mac: 5.97% (adding the "Mac OS" and "MacIntel" categories together)

Besides, Microsoft doesn't have many Linux programmers (if any). They do have Mac programmers. That's why they let Miguel's team, which specializes in Linux, do the Linux port.

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