The First Hit Is Always Free

May 1, 2007 at 7:04 pm | Posted in Macintosh, Technology | Leave a comment

Microsoft, in an apparent move to market their technologies as cross-platform, used Macs to showcase their Silverlight technology to compete with Adobe Flash. Shame on MS for diluting the term “cross-platform” when their technology doesn’t have these attributes:

  • No Linux support
  • Authoring only on Windows

Microsoft has never been serious about their software being cross-platform. They have developed, then abandoned, software written for other operating systems: Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player, MS Foundation Classes (MFC), Visual Basic Applications (VBA). I still remember the time I had to install and test Internet Explorer on HP-UX in order to justify keeping our Unix workstations. The only answer I got from MS Technical Support about installing IE for Unix was “Why?”

In Microsoft’s world view, “cross-platform” means supporting XP and Vista, and maybe the Mac as a secondary platform. Adobe has a better approach. It’s not perfect, but it’s better than Microsoft. Silverlight should be shunned.

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