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."