I respectfully disagree, Shawn. I think it is clear that Microsoft sees Flash video as a threat (look at Google video, YouTube, Yahoo video, etc). They want to compete. I agree that their last offering, i.e. Windows Media Player, was for all purposes locked to IE/Win (if you wanted to use the activex controls, i.e. do anything interesting like custom controls). But I think this time it's different - they need windows media video to compete in the web market because they are losing out to Flash. THe only thing they got left on the web video platform is livestream video. WMV livestream encoders are much easier to come by than Flash; the technology is much more mature and stable. But for on- demand video, it is clear that Flash is a much better platform for publishing based on the fact that it is more widely supported and better compressed than WMV. On May 25, 2007, at 8:03 PM, Shawn K. Quinn wrote: > 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."  > > 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> > > -- > > * * Please support the community that supports you. * * > http://evolt.org/help_support_evolt/ > > For unsubscribe and other options, including the Tip Harvester > and archives of thelist go to: http://lists.evolt.org > Workers of the Web, evolt !