After using Microsoft’s Silverlight, an Adobe Flash competitor, to stream the Olympics over the Internet, NBC has decided to jump to drop Silverlight in favor of Flash for streaming NFL games online.
No word on exactly why the change was made, but I’d imagine it has something to do with Microsoft paying NBC to be used for the Olympics but not paying for NBC to use it for the NFL games, so NBC went with the one with the highest market share, which is Flash.
While watching the game online, the interactive version will allow you to switch camera angles, view picture-in-picture playback, view live stats and interact with the commentators in real-time.
Check out the first broadcast this Thursday between the New York Giants and Washington Redskins.
Microsoft announced today that it would be splitting it’s Platforms & Services division into two separate divisions: Windows & Windows Live, and Online Services.
The move is part of a major restructuring to try and better position the company to react more quickly to competitors in the “very competitive arenas” of operating systems and the web.
In a comparison to Apple, Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer said that they “outsell Apple 30-to-1…but there is no doubt that Apple is thriving. Why? Because they are good at providing an experience that is narrow but complete, while our commitment to choice often comes with some compromises to the end-to-end experience. Today, we’re changing the way we work with hardware vendors to ensure that we can provide complete experiences with absolutely no compromises. We’ll do the same with phones—providing choice as we work to create great end-to-end experiences.”
The company also has big plans to refocus on Windows, according to a leaked memo, which also says that Apple is the main focus of the Windows team.
As Apple continues to thrive and Google continues to gobble up other companies, it will be interesting to see where Microsoft is five years from now.
Aimed at the masses, Adobe today launched Photoshop Express, a web-based version of their industry leading image editing software.
Photoshop Express is a Flash application that makes it easy to do basic photo manipulation like crop, adjust saturation or exposure, or any one of several other actions.
No working with layers or adding text, but for free, basic photo editing it might do the job. Not bad for free.
Plus, Adobe will give you up to 2GB of storage space to hold your photos and Photoshop Express can sync with Facebook, MySpace and Picasa. Flickr syncing is coming too, its just not ready yet.
Check it out for yourself here.
Valentine’s Day is coming up fast, and like with all holidays these days many people will choose to send an e-card.
The tough part for the sender then becomes selecting an e-card that isn’t annoying. Having looked for and received many e-cards over the years, I can tell you that a lot of them are fairly annoying.
If you’re searching for one that isn’t, where do you look?
Download Squad has done their homework and put together a list sites you may not have heard of but will want to check out:
Rattlebox – Rattlebox is really very good. They have great designs, the interface is nicely designed and the themes themselves are actually decent. You can can change all or some of the text to customize the card, and embed video cards on social networking sites, blogs, etc.
Hipster cards – another witty, well designed e-card site that you would actually want to use.
Someecards – their tag line is “when you care enough to hit send.” These cards are pen and ink and have funny one liners.
MushyGushy – card site where you can upload you head shot into different animated themes (think JibJab) customize, and send.
Smilebox – site where you choose from various multimedia designs and personalize with photos, video, music, words, and style and share via email, blog, or print.
delivr – send a personalized postcard from photos from your Flickr account or select from the 3 million or so Dlivr offers using the Flickr API to pull back the most interesting photos with an appropriate creative commons license.
meish.org – for the anti-valentine crowd. If you hate satin bears and VD makes you want to hurl, these non-sentimental e-cards will fit the bill for you. Oh and are they funny.
[Via Download Squad]