Does anyone use Microsoft Silverlight?

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  1. daneoni macrumors G4

    daneoni

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    MS just invited me to watch the 2008 CES Keynote and i thought why not, its Gates's last speech as CEO afterall. However MS then asks me to install Silverlight before proceeding.

    Anyone know what this is and if there are any benefits of having it installed?
     
  2. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    Its MS's new flash "killer", its just like an iPod "killer" in that regard.

    The benefits of installing it are that you can watch the speech :p.
     
  3. daneoni thread starter macrumors G4

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    As a flash killer will it actually play flash content like Youtube and play it better than Adobe's current offering orits just another MS bloatware
     
  4. TheStu macrumors 65816

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    As it stands right now, i have no idea if it will play Flash. However, it uses about the same, maybe less CPU than Flash (at least on OS X) but can do better things apparently. Like higher quality video at the same bit rate from what I hear. Based on my personal experiences, when it comes to media compression, Microsoft is usually pretty good.
     
  5. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    No, it doesn't play actual flash content, it is similar though, its like Microsoft Office against OpenOffice.
     
  6. Komiksulo macrumors 6502

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    I downloaded it after getting a "would you likie to try this?" screen on MS's website. I've never seen it anywhere else than the Microsoft site.
     
  7. CaptainHaddock macrumors 6502

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    Don't install Silverlight. You'll only encourage them. (Microsoft)
     
  8. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Do not install it.

    Probably will be of inferior quality than real flash. Why? they tried to do the same thing with WMA, which is documented to be of lower or close to quality of mp3, except with DRM.
     
  9. TBi macrumors 68030

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    [Citation Needed]

    For one WMA doesn't always have DRM, you can turn it off, and secondly the quality is on par or better than MP3's.

    WMA

    As for silverlight, it doesn't play flash so on MS website you either get plain old website or the upgraded silverlight version.
     
  10. Mushrooshi macrumors regular

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    I don't like silverlight.

    They haven't gotten any plans to make it Mac avaliable for the software to make stuffs.
     
  11. neonblue2 macrumors 6502a

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    No dev tools, constant browser crashing, and just plain not working has kept me away from it. What's gonna suck is when Microsoft includes Silverlight in a Windows update and i becomes a standard for 90% of the world.
     
  12. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I have the plug-in installed. There's a little less overhead using it for movies then Flash's current state on OS X.
     
  13. minordv8 macrumors newbie

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    So I just installed this because it's required to play movies from my Netflix account. So far I haven't seen any major problems. It'll do until I'm ready to spend the $$ to upgrade my Tivo box to work with Netflix, which wont be for awhile.
     
  14. sananda macrumors 68020

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    just found the other day that silverlight 2 doesn't work on ppc macs, so no more watching catch up itv.
     

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