About a year ago, a friend asked me how Microsoft would obtain world domination with Silverlight, since almost everyone already have Flash installed and Silverlight is yet another browser plugin. The answer was as simple as horrifying: Windows Update. There is no need to worry about such things as user preferences when you control the operating system.
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It has only been seven months since the last roadshow but the MSDN Live team is on the road again. Just as last time, a lot was said about ASP.NET AJAX, Silverlight and rich clients.
I think there is more than enough of acronyms out there, but one cannot deny the power of monikers when it comes to bringing a technology into mainstream focus. XMLHttpRequest was invented in 1998 but very few knew about it. Seven years later, someone came up with the name Ajax and suddenly every marketing department was screaming for it.
The MIX conference is currently held in Las Vegas, just as last year. The reports are pouring in and they mostly contain the word “Silverlight” in one way or another. Flash is the most popular choice for graphics-intense presentations on the web today.
Not very surprisingly, Microsoft has dropped the horrible codename “WPF/E” and chosen an easier name for their upcoming “Flash killer” technology. But I didn’t expect it to be “Silverlight”? It sounds too much like “Flash” to my ears. On the other hand, I suppose “Blue and white electromagnetic discharge” was unavailable for registration. Anyway, I’m happy that the new name lacks an “X” as well as a year number.