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Apr 6 2008   3:52PM GMT

Silverlight 2 On the Go: Microsoft’s YouTube With No Flash Video

WPeterson William Peterson Profile: WPeterson


Microsoft developer Ashish Thapliyal has published a roadmap for the Silverlight 2 Web platform, confirming a final launch scheduled for the summer, and noting that Silverlight won’t be able to play back .flv Flash video files.

Besides, Microsoft also beta lauched its Microsoft Video in Silverlight, which was considered as Silverlight’s YouTube community experiment. Definitely Microsoft Silverlight shouldn’t support Flash video files as Adobe Flash’s hot competitor, and the video streaming in Silverlight is really clearer and smoother than common Flash videos. But, Silvelight videos cannot load video in cumulative progress like Flash does, and the incompatibility with existing Flash video may scare away the best opportunity to promote with current popularity.

What Silverlight 2 will bring to us, new technology or just a dream? Don’t forget that, even Jobs won’t make Flash Player supported in iPhone officially, most users are still really need it. Therefore, Silverlight can generally support some Flash technologies, her tomorrow will be better, I think.

William Peterson
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  • Mossyblog
    William, Define "cumulative progress". Also note, that one of the reasons for not supporting .FLV is it would also be a violation of the Adobe License Agreement, see under "restrictions" a. You may not use the Specification in any way to create or develop a runtime, client, player, executable or other program that reads or renders SWF files. - Scott Barnes Product Manager Microsoft.
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  • WPeterson
    Hi Scott, Thanks for your comment. About the "cumulative progress”, I meant the technology to load the whole file in cache, and play the video while loading. It seems that Silverlight won't go like that, at least in all the demo videos. Regarding the restriction, the FLV support might be a problem to develop; but the help of popular Flash video communities could be great opportunities, e.g., the cooperation with YouTube to set up a Silverlight zone, with a slogan like Better Experience, etc. All the words in my article just show my persoanl views. If there's something inappropriate, I appologize for all involved. William Peterson E-Mail:
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