Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Jul 2009 21:20 UTC
Internet & Networking A day earlier than expected, Microsoft has released version 3 of its Flash alternative Silverlight, including a number of related tools to aid in Silverlight development. It comes with a whole lot of new features.
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RE: Wow
by anduril on Thu 9th Jul 2009 23:59 UTC in reply to "Wow"
anduril
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How exactly would that be reason for an anti-trust probe?

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RE[2]: Wow
by Moredhas on Fri 10th Jul 2009 00:09 in reply to "RE: Wow"
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If Silverlight gains traction they can be seen as leveraging their monopoly position (again) to exclude competitors.

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RE[3]: Wow
by greatbob6 on Fri 10th Jul 2009 00:56 in reply to "RE[2]: Wow"
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2009-07-09

I'm really sick of Microsoft bashing...all companies do the same things that MS was doing, just most of them aren't big enough to warrent any attention. What about Apple tying the iPod to iTunes and proprietary music formats? That seems pretty anti-competitive. Maybe they should be fined and forced to inter-operate with other music stores or devices. Oh wait, that would actually probably be bad for consumers because it would probably make things more difficult for them.

Same with Windows...its too bad for Netscape that MS included Internet Explorer with Windows but if it was worth having then people would have gotten it anyway. Look at Firefox...its done fine even though its not bundled with Windows. They key should be to make a better product, not get the government to punish successful companies...like Opera is doing now. Opera can't compete because their product is sub-par but instead of making a better product they just go to the legal system.

And to say that MS should be probed for anti-trust because they entered a field which another company already has a virtual monopoly on? That's just ridiculous. Besides, they aren't even pushing Silverlight because of those very reasons...if they wanted I bet they could have Silverlight on 75% of Windows machines in a week if they pushed it through Automatic Updates but they haven't because they know if they did everyone would cry about it. I say let them do it and may the best product win!

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RE[3]: Wow
by anduril on Fri 10th Jul 2009 02:18 in reply to "RE[2]: Wow"
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2005-11-11

Except its not being bundled with the computers, its being used as an optional update. Also, I hardly see anti-trust being entered into the equation when Flash dominates it in terms of web usage.

Let me reinforce the fact that its an OPTIONAL update. On XP most users wont even KNOW to download it since you have to manually go to Windows update, do a custom search and then add it. Vista/Win7 makes it easier since its listed under the built in client but again, you have to click View All Updates and its listed as...OPTIONAL. So, how is that abusing their position? Considering flash comes bundled on most computers now adays by the OEM and is virtually required for all web usage. Silverlight atleast as the possibility of being open and Microsoft is working with (though slowly) the linux base to port it

Edited 2009-07-10 02:20 UTC

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