Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Oct 2010 20:48 UTC
Microsoft Most websites glossed over this, but we didn't. Silverlight, once touted as Microsoft's answer to Adobe's Flash, has been retooled from its original purpose. Microsoft is betting big on HTML5 instead, turning Silverlight into the development platform for Windows Phone, and that's it. So... Silverlight is dead - long live Silerlight?
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_txf_
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2008-03-17

I doubt that microsoft ever intended to make it a standard. It was always going to be a runtime embedded on a page. If people wanted something more advanced for things like live streaming etc they could use SL. Additions of other platforms would then come as demanded.

If they wanted interoperability with all pcs then they would go someplace else. Either way looking at the development of SL since 2.0 it appears that the narrowed focus has been in effect for a long time.

Edited 2010-10-31 12:15 UTC

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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

I doubt that microsoft ever intended to make it a standard. It was always going to be a runtime embedded on a page. If people wanted something more advanced for things like live streaming etc they could use SL. Additions of other platforms would then come as demanded.

If they wanted interoperability with all pcs then they would go someplace else. Either way looking at the development of SL since 2.0 it appears that the narrowed focus has been in effect for a long time.


They did in fact try to make it a "standard" ... or at least a requirement for rendering rich multimedia content over the web ... and they failed miserably.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/143232/silverlight_helps_bring_strea...

http://team.silverlight.net/announcement/the-xxi-olympic-winter-gam...

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29


They did in fact try to make it a "standard" ... or at least a requirement for rendering rich multimedia content over the web ... and they failed miserably.


Except that IIS7 smooth streaming is not exclusive to Silverlight. HTML5 can make use of it, and there are instances where it does, like the iPhone streaming Microsoft showed off at MIX09.

KNOW what you're talking about. Jesus christ, you're embarassingly clueless.

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_txf_ Member since:
2008-03-17

stop shoving random links into your comments hoping they prove your point.

just because nbc decided to use silverlight for the olympics streams it does not mean it was a standard. It was one ONE site. Also as I recall moonlight also worked with those streams.

Just because you put standard in speech marks does not allow you to redefine its meaning.

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