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[qi:_newteevee] Somebody somewhere in the Adobe offices must be getting pretty nervous. Microsoft’s Silverlight technology, an also-ran competitor to Flash, suddenly got a YouTube boost. Liz reports that YouTube will carry live video of March Madness, thanks to its partnership with CBS — and it’s using […]

[qi:_newteevee] Somebody somewhere in the Adobe offices must be getting pretty nervous. Microsoft’s Silverlight technology, an also-ran competitor to Flash, suddenly got a YouTube boost. Liz reports that YouTube will carry live video of March Madness, thanks to its partnership with CBS — and it’s using Silverlight to offer the video. YouTube, being a web monster, is a true king-maker, and the college basketball tournament broadcasts could prove to be a much-needed shot in the arm for Microsoft and its Silverlight technology.

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  1. virtual web symphony Thursday, March 19, 2009

    Silverlight 2.0 (I suppose) has all the capability to take on Flash.

      1. Where did that come from? Really? I have found Silverlight video to be great. It actually worked better than Flash on the Mac for some time. Of course no one used it because it was from Microsoft, but that is because people generally hate Microsoft for a variety of reasons. Silverlight also does live streaming better than Flash.

        What don’t you like about Silverlight video other than it is from Microsoft?

      2. No SIlvelight on Ubuntu. There’s Moonlight, but that will always — by design — be a version or two behind Microsoft. It won’t play this HBO content for example.

    1. Not that one, but probably the v3.0 will, according to beta specs.

  2. courtney benson Thursday, March 19, 2009

    Doubt that Adobe is that concerned. Microsoft has a lot to do to garner marketshare.

  3. dishon bilgory Thursday, March 19, 2009

    I wonder if silverlight support for Google Chrome is part of this deal.

  4. Isn’t YouTube still owned by Google? And doesn’t Google compete with Microsoft pretty much wherever it can? I’m confused….how can YouTube/Google allow Microsoft to be the platform for anything?!

  5. Om, YouTube is not using Silverlight infrastructure to stream. They have simply embedded the player. All streaming is being done by CBS ..

  6. The real question is: can Silverlight reach in 2-3 years what flash became over a 10 years span?

  7. Don’t worry, HTML5 video tag’s coming near you.

  8. Shaz3e » Blog Archive » YouTube using Silverlight Thursday, March 19, 2009

    [...] tip to GigaOm and [...]

  9. Fantasia zero | Napolux.com Friday, March 20, 2009

    [...] o peggio di Flash/Flex, ma un po’ di fantasia in più… Beh, male non avrebbe fatto. Anche se Youtube sembra non preoccuparsene Questo articolo è stato pubblicato venerdì, 20 marzo 2009 alle ore 08:59 Se non vuoi [...]

  10. If Microsoft wants to make a dent in the Flash market, why not offer the Silverlight development environment for free ? Knowing Adobe’s development tools are not exactly cheap, Microsoft, with it’s deep pockets, can afford subsidizing the tools, if they are serious about a long term benefit of creating an installed base.

    1. Adobe offers the AIR & Flex SDK for free ;)

      You can also use free IDE like APTANA to develop AIR applications ;)

      1. You can download visual web developer express free of cost. It is a great FREE development tool for Web Applications.Silverlight plug-in is available again free to download to develop great applications.

        Find more information at http://silverlight.net/

      2. Ignore the Microsoft shill reply in this thread: they’re being paid to say that.

        Visual Web Developer express is not a full-featured development environment, whereas the stuff for AIR (mentioned in the parent) IS.

        Plus no Silverlight stuff works in Linux, which is being sold on 1/3rd of all new netbooks.

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