M$ Silverlight 3 is out… do we care?

M$ (Microsoft, for you that don’t regularly follow my Blog) just released the new version of their Flash alternative, Silverlight… now at version 3.0.

Silverlight 3.0 provides for offline Sliverlight apps

“After going live just a little bit early, Silverlight 3 is now an official release. The third iteration of Microsoft’s rich internet application platform largely viewed as the chief competitor to Adobe Flash (but really an AIR rival) was officially launched this morning at a Microsoft event in San Francisco alongside Expression 3, the latest version of the company’s design and development studio. In the short time that it has been around, Microsoft said today that nearly one-third of all Internet-enabled devices have Silverlight 2 installed, and today’s launch ushered in several new big-name customers. NBC Sports, for example, which used Silverlight to stream the Beijing Summer Olympics, will not only use Silverlight for the 2010 Winter Olympics as was previously expected, but for all of its online video moving forward. NBC Universal and the rest of the companies using Silverlight will be able to capitalize on the latest developments to the platform, which Microsoft premiered incrementally this year after Silverlight 3 was released in beta at MIX 09 in March.”

99% of the world uses Flash… Silverlight is light, fast, and may even be cool… but, it doesn’t have the marketshare, one of the few M$ products that doesn’t… what does that say?

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