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MS demos Silverlight on Macs at Mix07

updated 10:25 am EDT, Tue May 1, 2007

Silverlight on Macs

Microsoft surprised onlookers Monday during its opening keynote session at the Mix07 conference in Las Vegas as the company demonstrated its new Silverlight software on Macs as well as Windows systems. Silverlight, which is Microsoft's forthcoming software for advanced browser-based multimedia content, is set to compete with Adobe's Flash technology which already dominates the Web. The Redmond-based company promises that Silverlight will run natively on Apple's Safari Web browser as well as Firefox and Internet Explorer, according to CRN, and proved that fact by riddling its presentation with Mac systems.

Microsoft said Silverlight's development tools, which the company touts as powerful and very easy to use, don't run on Mac OS X, and Silverlight itself is incompatible with Linux for the time being.

"We're really focused on Mac and PC," said Microsoft's group product manager Brian Goldfarb. "We want to support 99 percent of the users out there, and we think support for the four leading browsers covers that."

by MacNN Staff





  1. lockhartt

    Joined: Dec 1969


    just what we need...

    An MS browser plugin to s**** up our non-MS browsers :)

  1. Hobeaux

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It's not often I feel I can praise MS, but I think that they did the right thing in including the Mac in their initial release. Let's see how this technology pans out...

  1. ClevelandAdv

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Who will use it?

    With Flash becoming more powerful, and plenty of web technolgies to choose from MS will only make inroads when the convince CIO's at large companies to force web developers to use the technology. Then the developers will be stuck in MS h*** trying to make it work when MS stops supporting the plugin for Safari and Firefox. Same old story, same old song and dance.

  1. mgpalma

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Windows Media Player...

    Anyone? I'll tell you how it will pan out. Have fun stormin the castle, MS.

    Go Adobe/Flash.

  1. MacDan2004

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Trust Them Not

    They will BEGIN with Mac support and then once they feel they have dominance with their Silvercrap technology, they will drop Mac support. If they were interested in providing long-term Mac support, their development tools for Silvercrap would be for Mac too and their past history would show the same dedication to the Mac platform. Where is IE or Mac? Where is MS Access for Mac? Where is MS Project for Mac? Microsoft is not interesting in doing anything that will jeopardize their Windows platform.


  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: kudos

    Of course MS did the right thing... for themselves. They know they need Mac compatibility for this thing to gain acceptance. And once it does, MS will drop Mac development and use this as another tool to attempt to marginalize the Mac platform.

  1. madgunde

    Joined: Dec 1969


    MS Sucks balls

    Not to mention the development tools are Windows only, so if you start developing all your sites with Silverlight, you'll be locked into Windows even more!

    Web developers, don't get sucked in to Microsoft's 'standards'. It's just another attempt to lock people into Windows.

  1. dawho9

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: Who will use it?

    Don't dismiss this one right away. Microsoft has said that you will have the ability to programatically make changes to the files/content via Visual Studio and ASP.NET, this is something that lacks in Adobe and could be a serious selling point for web developers.


  1. Visnaut

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Clear intentions

    One can make the case that they might actually support other browsers and Macs well into the future. That's the only way they'd be able to sustain competition with Adobe.

    But you can't deny the fact that they're attempting to marginalize the Mac platform right from the get-go by not making a native authoring tool.

    What incentive is there, then, for a large chunk of the creative community to even consider Silverlight? There isn't, because like others have mentioned, they'll convince large flagship companies to switch to silverlight by offering huge discounts and other incentives.

  1. OS11

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Kill MS Silverlight NOW!

    Kill, Kill, Kill Silverlight! NOW - Make EVERY attempt to KILL it!

    It is important for EVERY computer user worldwide to make sure SILVERLIGHT dies a FAST death. It's a "lockin" technology from the world's worst thieves and most dishonest company... "Microsoft".

    If you see it installed on ANY machine, Kill It. If you see someone talking about it, make sure they know it's from Microsoft, and not something they want within 700 miles of them.

    Silverlight must be destroyed at every turn. Do your part to make sure it never sees the light of day. If you see it used on a Webpage, be sure the Webmaster knows this will NOT BE Tolerated, and anyone using Silverlight will be blacklisted within the Web community.

    Do your part to keep the Web FREE... Thanks!

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