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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
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.).