updated 01:35 pm EST, Fri November 27, 2009
Flash remains inaccessible
Microsoft has demonstrated Silverlight video streaming for the iPhone, according to reports. The technology relies on server-side transcoding and HTML 5's video tag, but displays Silverlight content in a native MPEG-2 v8 format recognized by the iPhone's version of QuickTime. "So it's the same IIS smooth streaming content, the same server, the same point of origin, but now I can get that content to play without any code changes, without any real work, on the iPhone. That's the critical thing for our customers," says Microsoft User Experience platform manager Brian Goldfarb.
The technology is further said to have the blessing of Apple, which may be unusual given the company's position on the more ubiquitous Flash standard. No version of Flash is allowed on the iPhone as a result of performance concerns, particularly in regards to battery life. The standard is nevertheless available on competing devices, such as the Android-based HTC Hero. Efforts to produce a version of Flash that Apple might accept have so far proven fruitless.