Microsoft Silverlight 1.0 Released

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Microsoft Silverlight 1.0 was just released – and here’s the kicker: Linux is now supported as well. Is this Microsoft’s attempt at trying to get more widespread adoption of their answer to Flash? You betcha.

4 thoughts on “Microsoft Silverlight 1.0 Released

  1. Someone sent me a silverlight link to check out a week or so ago but I just don’t get it… Do we really need an “answer to flash?” Flash already has such a widespread install base…. thats what makes it actually useful.

    I’m all for competition that drives innovation but I don’t want Microsoft to start a “plugin” war like we had with browsers back in the early days.

  2. I don’t get it either. The only thing I can think of is that Microsoft is trying to do all that it can to counter Adobe’s dominance on the web. The problem is, they’re really late to the game. I don’t think the average user cares what plugins they’re using to view content on the web … they just care that it works. The only way I see Silverlight taking off is if Microsoft were to bundle the technology directly into updates/new installations of IE. Even then, I doubt it’d ever have the same sort of market dominance that Flash currently enjoys.

  3. Someone sent me a silverlight link to check out a week or so ago but I just don’t get it… Do we really need an “answer to flash?” Flash already has such a widespread install base…. thats what makes it actually useful.

    I’m all for competition that drives innovation but I don’t want Microsoft to start a “plugin” war like we had with browsers back in the early days.

  4. I don’t get it either. The only thing I can think of is that Microsoft is trying to do all that it can to counter Adobe’s dominance on the web. The problem is, they’re really late to the game. I don’t think the average user cares what plugins they’re using to view content on the web … they just care that it works. The only way I see Silverlight taking off is if Microsoft were to bundle the technology directly into updates/new installations of IE. Even then, I doubt it’d ever have the same sort of market dominance that Flash currently enjoys.

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