Installed on a reported 45 percent of interconnected devices worldwide, Silverlight is perhaps the most formidable rival to the more-established Adobe Flash platform. Silverlight has been used for streaming of events such as the Winter Olympics and Sunday Night Football. "This provides one of the most immersive and engaging experiences on the Web," Guthrie said.
He also showed a demonstration of Silverlight being used to read a product bar code, providing pricing information via a link to a Web service. Special effects were shown with Silverlight enabling picture distortions similar to a carnival funhouse mirror.
In addition to its Silverlight efforts, Microsoft is offering its Internet Information Services (IIS) Media Services for "smooth streaming." The next version will enable streams to devices that do not support browser plug-ins, such as the Apple iPhone.
In an unusual expression of generosity Wednesday, Microsoft at the PDC in Los Angeles said it would give away PCs, specifically an Acer Aspire 1420P Convertible Tablet PC running Windows 7, to all paid attendees. Microsoft would not disclose the number of paid attendees or provide an estimate.
In other developments during the Wednesday morning keynote:
- Microsoft announced release of public beta versions of the 2010 releases of Office, SharePoint Server, Visio, Project, Office Mobile, and Office Web Apps. Features in the betas include Office Web Connector, providing social networking feeds into Outlook. An SDK for Outlook Social Connector is available as of Wednesday, Microsoft said.
- Microsoft said it would deliver Duet Enterprise for Microsoft SharePoint ad SAP, offering interoperability between the SharePoint and SAP. The package will be available in the second half of next year.
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