In my quest to deliver the ultimate video quality to my readers, Microsoft Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform, and cross-device plug-in for delivering the next generation of media experiences for the Internet.
Here is quick preview of the video quality, which reminds me of trying to compete after a week of high-volume high-intensity training. The first 9 seconds of the video is pretty funny!
If you click on the image, it will take you to the Microsoft Online Services homepage, and you will need to install the plug-in, just like Adobe Flash. Yes, it even supports Firefox.
What is Microsoft Silverlight?
In a nutshell, Silverlight is “MS Flash”, or Microsoft’s version of Adobe Flash player.
Why is it important to you?
For starters, take the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Over 2000 hours on 5 broadcast channels live on-line for 17 days.
Imagine, video-on-demand and interactive!
The high quality video will display information such as the athlete’s bio, and expert commentary (as long as we don’t have Carol Lewis). Of course, like a PVR or TiVo, you can rewind, find highlights, view full screen or picture-in-picture (PIP). You can even send your favorite clips to a friend, just like sending your favorite blog articles and videos and emailing it.
If you don’t have high speed internet at home, you’d better sign up now. It’s hard to believe people still use dial-up.