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Silverlight and Flash compete for your videos


Let's face it, posting and viewing video on the Web is becoming extremely popular, and smart companies that can actually compete in the Web video race are scrambling to get a piece of the pie.

Microsoft's SilverlightA recent story from CNET Networks' News.com highlights Microsoft's newest weapon for playing media files and displaying interactive Web applications: Silverlight. Click here to read the story ("Microsoft sheds light on Flash rival").

Here's an excerpt from the article:

What's new:
Microsoft on Monday plans to launch Silverlight, a Web browser plug-in for playing media files and running interactive Web applications.

Bottom line:
The introduction of Silverlight at a media and entertainment conference is part of Microsoft's plans to dethrone Adobe's Flash Player for Web video.

If you'd like to read some additional slants on Silverlight, check out these links to other news sources:

What is your favorite Web app for playing media files? Join the discussion, and let us know!

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Sonja Thompson has worked for TechRepublic since October of 1999. She is currently a Senior Editor and the host of the Smartphones and Tablets blogs.

5 comments
jlangloi
jlangloi

Quicktime is a cross platform player that does the job quite well for us.

Sonja Thompson
Sonja Thompson

Microsoft's Silverlight and Adobe's Flash may be front runners in the race, but sometimes the underdogs (read = less obscure apps) are more popular. What is your favorite Web application for playing media files?

DanLM
DanLM

Windows media player sucks... Ack, I mean it sucks up to much resources. Hmmm, I guese my first comment was correct. The new versions of winamp also suck. But, they were developed after Winamp became a part of AOL. Which, says it all doesn't it. ;o) dan+-

richard.shepherd
richard.shepherd

VLC, Mplayer or Xine, play anything ....

apotheon
apotheon

MPlayer's very good at what it does. I'd rather use a dedicated media player than try to watch video in my browser, generally speaking -- so using MPlayer separately from the browser is the way I prefer to go.

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