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Microsoft Adds Streaming to Silverlight

     
12:00 pm on May 2, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, said on Monday it plans to offer a streaming video service that stores and hosts video for its new Silverlight online media platform.

Silverlight, which is now available for download in a test version, is a rival to Adobe Systems Inc.'s dominant Flash player and a new application to deliver video, games and animation through a Web browser.

Silverlight Streaming by Windows Live is one of the first applications announced by Microsoft to take advantage of the company's heavy investments in building a data center infrastructure backbone for its Web services.

Microsoft Adds Streaming to Silverlight
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10:28 pm on May 2, 2007 (gmt 0)

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I am not sure why silverlight isn't getting more attention. I was looking at some demos and it seems to be lightyears ahead of javascript/ajax and a big improvement over adobe/flex.

Basically, you can use silverlight to deploy any application over the web that has the full power of a windows .net app. You can code in a variety of languages and deploy across platforms without rewriting code (pc, mac, ie, ff, etc.).

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"take advantage of the company's heavy investments in building a data center infrastructure backbone for its Web services. "

Huh? It's MS's take on Flash. What does that have to do with "investments in building a data center infrastructure backbone"?