Microsoft Silverlight: A Competitor to Flash?
Provided by: Dan Haught, Executive Vice President
Microsoft has announced their new Silverlight technology and billed it as
“a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation
of .NET based media experiences and rich interactive applications for the
Although Silverlight is in beta and requires the beta version of the next
version of Visual Studio.NET, codenamed Orcas, it does offer an interesting
glimpse into the future of web development within the Microsoft platform.
Perhaps the biggest barrier to acceptance is the requirement for a runtime
download, much like Flash requires a player download.
The difference is that Flash is already installed on a large percentage
of desktops, allowing web developers to count on its availability.
Microsoft’s new Silverlight runtime will have an uphill battle to compete
against Flash in this respect. But the ability to created rich new web
applications using a platform-independent runtime and support for AJAX, VB,
C#, Python, and Ruby is appealing and offers a powerful new set of tools
that ASP.NET has not historically provided.
If you are a web developer, take a look at Microsoft’s next generation
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