Late last week Microsoft rolled out the release candidate version of Microsoft Silverlight, the solution touted to be Microsoft’s “Flash killer”. Silverlight is a cross-browser technology for interactive Web applications that delivers media experiences based on the company’s .NET technology. This first 1.0 version of Silverlight will be heavily geared toward web video, with many of the richer developer features only coming out with version 1.1 (no release timeframe has been quoted for this second version yet).
Silverlight is an interesting technology for businesses to track, as early comments from the industry are quite favorable. So far, Adobe has a pretty solid head start with Flash 9 racking up 83.4% install base in just 9 months. To compete, Microsoft is pulling out the big guns and is offering free infrastructure support, at least initially, with up to 4 GB of free space in its data centers. And a new Silverlight Streaming service and other kinds of support are also being offered for free. It will be interesting to see how things play out on this battle.