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5:56 am on Apr 20, 2009 (gmt 0)

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On Monday, the company will announce its latest version of its Flash multimedia platform that will essentially put its technology in Internet connected TVs, set-top boxes, Blu-ray players, and other digital home devices. The main purpose of the TV and consumer electronics optimized Flash is to allow viewers to see high-definition video, interactive applications and new user interfaces right on their TVs.

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Seems each day that the old "digital divide" is eroding more and more. Soon our toilets will have internet connections. :)

This flash announcement will make it that much more difficult for silverlight to get an audience.

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>digital divide...toilets will have internet connections...

Would that be a flash in the pan?

Sorry, couldn't resist! :-)

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I opened the door, so forgiven. Back on topic... sorta...

Flash or Silverlight? Adobe seems to have grabbed a lead on this one.

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I think that's a Flush in the pan.
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Flash or Silverlight? Adobe seems to have grabbed a lead on this one.

I still don't understand what the fundamental different is between Silverlight and Flash. It seems to me that they both produce interactive animations/media. I don't know what Silverlight offers that Flash doesn't or vice versa, but on the face of it, it doesn't seem to be any different. So I have to ask what's the point (other than to further fracture Web development standards and techniques?).

For movies, fps=frames per second, so then I guess we should have something like an fpd (flushes per day) for the internet-connected toiiet!

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For movies, fps=frames per second, so then I guess we should have something like an fpd (flushes per day) for the internet-connected toilet!

"Adobe" is a "structure built with clay brick" so that may give them a marketing edge on the digital toilet with homeowners, but then "Microsoft" could also be a brand of toilet paper.... Speaking only for myself, I don't want a flash or a silverlight in my toilet. I don't even want to think about it.

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-- I don't even want to think about it --

As long as there is no content Downloaded from a Remote-Server(upstairs) and I get to deside wich action script to use(.as file you know), I don't really mind..... Let it Flash :-)

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I still don't understand what the fundamental different is between Silverlight and Flash.

They aren't fundamentally different. Microsoft just feels the need to compete in every area of computing.

Currently Silverlight has nowhere near the penetration rate of Flash (which is installed on something like 98% of computers), though that will change once Microsoft includes it in an operating system.

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though that will change once Microsoft includes it in an operating system.

Very doubtful that many video producers will skip the Flash format. Even if Silverlight will come with MS operating systems.

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well now that google can index flash, maybe they'll come up with a tv search engine for your a million channels - all of which without anything good to watch, btw - and teo - television engine optimization - will be born.
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*** Very doubtful that many video producers will skip the Flash format. Even if Silverlight will come with MS operating systems. ***

They won't, but what of the millions of kids making videos and uploading them to YouTube? If they decide to use it, then M$ wins by sheer numbers.

 

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