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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lemur2
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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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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

" 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. "

Many people have tried similar ad hominem attacks before and it has not worked. Don't bother.

Microsoft's clear ambition was to make it a requirement for users to have Silverlight installed in order to be able to watch rich multimedia, such as the olympics coverage, over the Internet.

In that ambition they clearly failed. Despite Microsoft repeatedly offering significant incentives, very few content providers have decided to constrain their audiences to just those people with up-to-date Windows by going with Silverlight.

Microsft's own-the-web ambition for Silverlight has been a clear and pointed failure.

So now they are relegating it to a minor role and to save face they are pretending that this was always its only intended role.

Pfft.

Edited 2010-10-31 21:44 UTC

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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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lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

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


I don't have to hope for anything ... the message behind the story I linked to was perfectly plain for everyone to follow. It speaks for itself.

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.


Microsoft sponsored NBC to use Silverlight for the Olympics. They made a significant number of similar deals and attempts to make a deal elsewhere as well.

I guess even Microsoft cannot continue to pay everybody to use their stuff forever ... even for Microsoft there comes a time when they had to announce a new strategy for their failing products that no-one wants.

Which thought, BTW, handily brings us right back on topic for this thread, doesn't it?

"Microsoft Changes Silverlight Strategy, focusses on HTML5".

Indeed. Obvious enough I suppose, but welcome nevertheless.

Edited 2010-10-31 21:53 UTC

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