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MS ships Silverlight 1.0 Flash alternative

updated 09:15 am EDT, Wed September 5, 2007

MS ships Silverlight 1.0

Microsoft has Tuesday released Silverlight 1.0, its cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering rich user experiences on the Web. Designed to compete with the nearly ubiquitous Adobe Flash, the platform leverages Windows Media Technologies to provide rich Web audio and video streaming and playback. In addition, Microsoft also promised to work with Novell Inc. to deliver Silverlight support for Linux and rolled out a host of partner initiatives -- ranging from content delivery networks to design agencies to complete solution providers -- to help grow the adoption of the fledgling technology. Microsoft said that the Silverlight Partner Initiative has already signed up more than 35 companies to support Silverlight and take advantage of marketing and technical benefits offered by the software-giant.

"Our expectations for compelling, immersive experiences on the Web are increasing daily," said Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's chief software architect. "With today's release of Silverlight 1.0, we're making it possible for developers and designers to deliver to individuals the kind of high-def experiences they crave by integrating data and services in rich and unique ways. Silverlight will further accelerate the growth in rich interactive applications by giving developers and designers new options for delivering great experiences that span the Web, PC, phone and other devices."

Silverlight comes to Linux via Mono's .NET project

Microsoft said it will collaborate with Novell on Moonlight, a new initiative is based on the Mono project to bring .NET to other platforms, including Linux, Solaris, Mac OS X, Windows, and Unix. Microsoft said is committed to ensuring that organizations have the best tools and resources to begin building Silverlight-based solutions with the broadest possible reach.

"The decision to work with Novell to offer Silverlight support for the Linux platform is in direct response to customer feedback," the company said. "Both companies are optimistic about the impact this extended partnership will have in the industry."

Microsoft will showcase both Silverlight and its new Microsoft Expression Encoder 1.0 (formerly Expression Media Encoder) for encoding, enhancing and publish rich media content to Silverlight at IBC2007 in Amsterdam, which takes places from Sept. 7-11.



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  1. sputschic

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    Why? Why? Why?

    Why do they bother? What's the compulsion? Are they so insecure that they can't stand the idea that there exists, somewhere, a market unsullied by their gut-wrenchingly tasteless touch?

    Jesus f****** Christ, I wouldn't even give a s*** about Microsoft--let them bathe in their own s*** if they want, I mean, what's it to me?--but they just *have* to go around spreading the filth to the rest of the world. f****** sociopaths.

  1. webjive

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    Wooo.. 35 companies...

    It still comes down to one basic problem, you HAVE to develop SL products on MS platforms. There is no Mac developer studio so your SOL. Adobe gets it....

  1. Smurfman

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    re: why? why? why?

    Man... I was all with ya and like... "Yeah! You go brother! Well said!".... until your 2nd paragraph.

    Why? Why? Why? Do you feel you need to resort to cussing and taking God's name in vain?!? There are many in this world that are extremely offended at that type of language. Please tone down the language on this public site! Your use of foul language is also demeaning to you and only lessens the impact of what you are trying to say.

    And MacNN... PLEASE filter the language in your forum code!

  1. JackWebb

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    re: why? why? why?

    Agreed. Once in a while there have been some good points on here that I can point my friends to but with comments like those from sputschic, I cannot.

  1. ibugv4

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    last i checked

    Its 2007, and cursing is more than tolerated on prime time television, blogs and main stream media. "Get with the program, pops" as Gen-Y, aks Apple's primary market focus, would say.

  1. dawho9

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    Been waiting for this..

    ...for a while. I'm actually excited about Silverlight. There is some really fancy stuff you can do from a programatic background that Flash doesn't do. Flash does some really cool stuff but I think this will actually be good for both Flash and Microsoft.

    I agree it would be cool some day to get a little more development tools on the mac. I just can't wait to combine Silverlight, AJAX and C# on a page for some insanely cool stuff.

    dw9

  1. sputschic

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    my bad

    I didn't realize this was the Brady Bunch variety hour. Sorry!

  1. Tim_s

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    Intelligence

    Why is there such a lack of it on the web? The dumbing down of society is a sad spiral filled with such statements as, "Its 2007, and cursing is more than tolerated on prime time television, blogs and main stream media."

    Yeah, show me one primetime show that gets away with the f-bomb. I'm no prima donna. I work in television, where the language behind the scenes is always blue. But in public discussions, it only shows your lack of language and social skills to rely on cursing to get your point across.

    As for Silverlight. Meh.

  1. sputschic

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    Calling me illiterate?

    Hey Tim, f*** you. Also, you might want to look up "prima donna."

  1. robttwo

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    now that's rich....

    will someone please explain to me what "rich" means?

    I'm sick of hearing this word. Rich applications this, and rich media that....

    Its like the practice some writers have of adding the word "precious" before any use of the phrase "hard drive space." - as in "...and saving precious hard drive space."

    HD space is not "precious." And media and applications are not "rich." I'm tired of hearing it.

    Doofuses.

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