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.
In an effort to make creating casual games easier while expanding its installed base of Silverlight browser add-on users, Microsoft today announced Popfly Game Creator.
Last year Microsoft launced Popfly to help make creating widgets and mashups simple using Silverlight and now, using Popfly Game Creator, you can make games just as easily.
Popfly Game Creator is completely browser-based and was built with non-programmers in mind, so don’t worry about not knowing a computer programming language–looks like you won’t need it.
Another score for Microsoft’s Silverlight. After hooking the Library of Congress, Microsoft has now found another ally for its Silverlight platform in Nokia who today announced that they would begin including the Silverlight plugin on all of its handsets and tablets.
The first Nokia devices to see Silverlight support will likely be their Series 60 devices. The developer tools are expected to be released later this year, so don’t hold your breath–its going to be a while.
Microsoft and the Library of Congress have reached a deal where the Library of Congress will use Silverlight on their new website. In exchange, Microsoft will provide a $3 million grant in technology and services.
The grant will be used to enhance online accessibility and interactivity as well as to bring Vista-powered kiosks to the library to highlight featured documents.
What is Silverlight?
From the Silverlight website, “Microsoft Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for developing the next generation of .NET based media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web.”
Basically, Silverlight is Microsoft’s answer to Adobe’s Flash and Flex, giving developers the ability to create a web application once and know that it will work the same on Windows and Mac (no official Linux support, but it should be coming).
[Via Ars Technica]