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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Nelson
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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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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Don't go off on a tangent, you're like a goddamn robot, you don't respond to points made, you just regurgitate the same misinformation.

Nothing regarding Silverlight streaming was particularly closed. HTML5 can, and did do the variable bitrate streaming that you criticized as a Silverlight only construct. Microsoft themselves in fact pushed this for the iPhone.

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