Sure the Consumer Electronics Show has all the latest gadgets – but if you don’t need a new phone, camera, or TV it is mostly just a bunch of noise.
But questions on my mind lately have been: When will Silverlight 2.0 actually ship to production? and How are they going to convince a whole bunch of people to install it so that development can be as seamless as Flash is today?
How about this – 3,000 hours of live and on-demand video from the 2008 Summer Olympics brought to you by NBC Universal using – you guessed it – Silverlight 2.0.
This is really brilliant. One thing everyone agrees Silverlight has over Flash is video quality. Add do this the interactive features in 2.0 for what should be a portal for the Olympics that people will remember for a long long time. This will either be the crowing moment for Silverlight or when people decided it was “jut another technology” that didn’t deliver what it promised. This is a bold “line in the sand” from Microsoft which really shows that they are committed to publicly supporting the new web technologies. I imagine a bunch of people today just got their assignments for the next 4-6 months.
I’m glad it wasn’t some political site – talk about video you wouldn’t want “on demand” in any case. But the hockey semi-finals that were on at 2:00am, or some biathalon event that wouldn’t make the regular channels.