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Microsoft attacks Adobe with Silverlight – war starts

Posted by Charles | April 18, 2007 .

Forget AJAX vs Flex. Now it’s Microsoft vs Adobe via RIA, the Rich Internet Application technologies. I wrote about Visual Rules earlier and said there would be visualized-web war over RIA. Now I give you the War. Microsoft punches Adobe with Silverlight. Here is what Microsoft says about it:

Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of media experiences and rich interactive applications (RIAs) for the Web.

Sounds familiar? Of cause. The funny part is “next generation”. Here is a video of Silverlight.

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  1. Brandon Ellis  April 18, 2007 1:36 pm

    I’m thinking that MS can get the Silverlight plugin pushed to the users very easily. Thats a good thing. But, what I don’t foresee is RIA devs switching to MS technologies unless there is incentive. Heck look at the Zune. The market was flooded with iPods. No matter how enticing the Zune might have been (and it wasn’t), I don’t think many iPod users switched. There needs to be some incentive that doesn’t exist in the Flash/Flex/Apollo world to get users. At this point, I just don’t see how that is gonna happen.

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