Microsoft Silverlight

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  1. Dan MacDonald

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    it's a compact version of the framework that's embedded in the silverlight client, and like the flash client.. it's a 1 time download. Once it's on the clients machine it doesn't need to be downloaded again.
     
  2. princec

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    Aye, but remember how many people had some sort of issue with having to download and install a Java runtime... problem isn't just going to magically go away...

    Cas :)
     
  3. Bad Sector

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    ...unless Microsoft does the shady thing and forces it to users via autoupdate :p
     
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    Wouldn't be too bad... if I were Microsoft, I'd also do this way to give the .NET framework to everybody. Because at the moment, I doubt that everyone has .NET framework installed (and I don't believe the statistics on the Microsoft website), and this keeps me from developing applications in .NET ;)

    Silverlight is a little smaller, of course, but also, I wouldn't mind if they'd distribute it automatically via auto-update. They could actually split it up into small parts, so that in a few days or weeks every machine with auto-update is Silverlight-ready. This would only support usage of it.
     
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    What is the business model for a game in Silverlight? Can players download it to their computers or only play online. If it's online only then it'd have be to part of a subscription service. I certainly wouldn't pay $20 for a game that I cannot have a personal copy of.
     
  6. MrPhil

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    What is Silverlight, really?

    The real challenge here (in a business model sense) is that technologies like SilverLight, Apollo, JavaFX and services like Steam, are blurring the boundaries between shareware, downloaded software, retail box software and web/online software.

    Some people actually like Steam because it acts like a digital locker and they don't have to worry about losing CDs and CD keys. So I think it is helpful to imagine new expectations and views of software. The old categories are fading and new ones are developing.
     
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    MIX07: Extending the Browser Programming Model with Silverlight
    Meaning your app can access its saved data on a machine regardless of which browser it is opened with.
     
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    #29 MrPhil, Sep 25, 2007
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    It has a licence page and a 9.7Mb download (I am on a Mac)... it's more Microsoft bloatware. I think they could do with learning from the Flash installation experience.

    I will be looking into it though as a viable Flash alternative.
     
  11. Xiotex

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    Does look VERY nice though - and given that it is via Visual Studio we already know the tools rock.
     
  12. MrPhil

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    Could you give more information? Which version did you install 1.0 or 1.1 Alpha?

    I installed on Windows and 1.0 was 1.37 MB. The 1.1 Alpha Refresh was 4.50 MB.

    License agreements are ubiquitous on the web now, so I think it is expected by users.

    If the Mac version really is that big for the user then its a big barrier, but still seems manageable.
     
  13. MrPhil

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    Well MS very cleverly got millions of people to install SilverLight in the last 48 hours:
    - September 23rd Links: VS, ASP.NET, ASP.NET AJAX, Silverlight, WPF

    This explains the early bare bones 1.0 release which focuses on media functionality.
     
  14. Xiotex

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    I just followed the links and got the latest osx version
     

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