Microsoft Silverlight « Josh Anderson’s Blog

 Microsoft Silverlight « Josh Anderson’s Blog

I always find the predominant attitude in the software and Internet world amusing – it is important to have alternatives, unless they come from Microsoft!

Also, the installation model for Silverlight is not all that different from Flash – if you go to a site that uses Flash, and you do not have it installed, it asks you to install it.

BTW – given the market share enjoyed by both Opera and Safari, it is fairly generous that any effort is made to support them at all.


I have been working in the world of technology for 25-odd years. I am an entrepreneur and consultant, focused on software solutions, social networking, and innovation processes. Currently, I am a Principal Consultant with T4G Limited, specializing in Portal Technologies (including SharePoint), software/systems development, service oriented architectures, and many other things which I will probably not remember until I need to use them. Prior to that, I was VP of Technology at Whitehill Technologies, Inc., where I spent almost 9 years helping to grow the company from a start-up to one of the most successful private software companies in Canada. Prior to that I worked on internet conferencing using early VoIP, and on large military communications projects. Before even that, I worked in satellite control, and remote sensing. Going way back to university, my focus was on theoretical physics and astrophysics. Currently my interests revolve around most aspects of software development, from technologies to management, and in the area of defining sustainable, repeatable processes for innovation within technology organizations. I also have a particular interest in Tablet PC technologies – I have been using one for several years, and I love it. On the personal side, I still have a strong interest in all aspects of science, especially physical sciences, as well as philosophy and comparative religion. In addition, I am into music, playing guitar (badly, I am sorry to say), and reading almost anything I can lay my hands on. I am also a member of the IEEE/IEEE Computer Society, and of the Association for Computing Machinery.

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3 comments on “Microsoft Silverlight « Josh Anderson’s Blog
  1. Fred says:

    >> Oh and BTW I hope that no effort is put into supporting Silverlight since that has a very low market share compared with Flash. Not that that should matter.

    Very good point 🙂 Although new products always start out with small market share – Opera, Safari, Linux, etc. have been around for years and have made little progress in terms of market share.

  2. Microsoft has bitten the IT world’s hands enough times — they deserve the skepticism they get.

    What Microsoft is trying to accomplish has already been accomplished with Flash and SVG, with SVG being a long-standing well-defined open spec and Flash being a long-standing well-defined closed spec that has recently opened up. It’s nothing more than Microsoft trying to segment the market and introduce incompatibilities. And once Microsoft gets a lead, they’ll twist the spec knife. They’ll take the spec wherever they want, won’t let anybody know how to be fully compatible with spec, and you’ll have a broken internet experience on non-Microsoft platforms because of it.

    They’ve done it enough times before, and it’s the reason for the vitriol against anything Microsoft does nowadays.

    Where’s the Linux support? Palm Pilot? Small segments indeed, but supported by Flash nonetheless and for years. If you’re going to be claiming your stuff is cross-platform, you better live up to it.

  3. Josh says:

    Appreciatively, the installation model for Silverlight is the same as that of Flash however the thing is that it appears to me that Microsoft ‘encourages’ their departments to use their own product. Which, in itself is perfectly acceptable — it’s a good way to get Silverlight out onto the internet. But ultimately, it’s just another product area Microsoft is trying to monopolize because I bet it will be pre installed in future versions of Windows / IE

    Oh and BTW I hope that no effort is put into supporting Silverlight since that has a very low market share compared with Flash. Not that that should matter.

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