[thelist] MS Silverlight

Shawn K. Quinn skquinn at speakeasy.net
Fri May 25 20:03:56 CDT 2007

On Thu, 2007-05-24 at 17:30 +0300, Fred Jones wrote:
> MS Silverlight:
> "Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering
> the next generation of Microsoft .NET–based media experiences and rich
> interactive applications for the Web." [1]

Microsoft says "cross-browser, cross-platform". What Microsoft really
means is "we'll make the version for IE on Windows, everyone else is on
their own, and will probably forever be at least a version behind". I'm
not sure I even want to find out what kind of nasty patent restriction
minefield Microsoft has laid for alternative Silverlight
implementations; it would not surprise me to find out that a free
software version of Silverlight is impossible due to same.

The "media experiences and rich interactive applications" seem to imply
this is yet another vector for mostly garbage like most current Flash
movies. (Translation: Microsoft has now gotten a Round Tuit with regard
to running Adobe out of that part of the market.)

Shawn K. Quinn <skquinn at speakeasy.net>

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