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Netflix switching to HTML5 video from Silverlight

Netflix switching to HTML5 video from Silverlight

When Microsoft announced that Silverlight would be coming to an end in 2021, it gave companies that utilize the video technology less than a decade to gravitate to an alternative. Perhaps the biggest and most prolific user of Silverlight is Netflix, which takes advantage of its "high-quality streaming experience" for Watch Instantly. Today the company announced that in light of Microsoft's announcement, it will be switching to HTML5 video.

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Windows SkyDrive Drops Silverlight For HTML 5

Windows SkyDrive Drops Silverlight For HTML 5

Microsoft released an update today for its cloud platform called the SkyDrive and has finally dropped Microsoft's proprietary Silverlight from the system, opting for a cross-platform compatible HTML 5. Silverlight required users to download a browser plugin in order to work and thankfully the company realized it needed to transition away from it to stay competitive. Over the last few months, it's been slowly expelling Silverlight from its platforms.

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Silverlight for Xbox 360 imminent with Windows Phone gaming ahead of Windows 8 app store

Silverlight for Xbox 360 imminent with Windows Phone gaming ahead of Windows 8 app store

Microsoft is reportedly planning to imminently add Silverlight support to the Xbox 360, with an announcement of the update tipped for MIX11 next week. According to WinRumors sources, Microsoft's engineers have been hard at work on the functionality "for some months" and could potentially be looking to allow Windows Phone developers to bring their apps over from the smartphone to the console.

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Microsoft TV project gets new hardware-expert boss

Microsoft TV project gets new hardware-expert boss

Talk of a Microsoft TV project to take on the Apple TV and Google TV has reignited today, with the news that Microsoft has put an experienced hardware exec in charge of its interactive TV business. New corporate VP in charge of Microsoft's TV and Service business Tom Gibbons was previously the head of Microsoft Hardware, the company's peripheral arm, before moving to Windows Phone where he oversaw smartphone hardware reference designs.

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Netflix and Linux Don’t Play Well Together

Netflix and Linux Don’t Play Well Together

I just signed up for Netflix for the first time. I know, I'm way past the freshmeat boat on that one, but I never wanted it for anything until last week. Much to my chagrin, I went to instant-play and found that Linux wasn't a supported operating system. Most of the time these days, when a website says such a thing it's not really that big of a deal. There's often some kind of "do it anyway" link to click on. After spending a couple of minutes looking for such an option, I didn't find it. I turned to the interweb to see if anyone else had run into this issue and to see if there were some workarounds available. I started doing a little digging and found out about this sordid story involving Microsoft's Silverlight, Novell's open source Moonlight, and Digital Rights Management.

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Microsoft IPTV plans could put Mediaroom on Silverlight STBs

Microsoft IPTV plans could put Mediaroom on Silverlight STBs

Microsoft's plans for IPTV and set-top boxes continue to trickle out, with the latest batch of rumors suggesting it's Mediaroom which will be at the heart of the system. Mediaroom is Microsoft's IPTV platform, licensed out to various carriers and TV/video service providers, and part of the company's Interactive Entertainment Business division; according to ZDNet's sources, not only is Microsoft working on a Windows Phone Mediaroom client, the company is also believed to be developing a Silverlight build for Mediaroom (codenamed "Taos"), a tie-in between Mediaroom and Windows Media Center (codenamed "Monaco") and maybe even a "Santa Fe" Mediaroom/Silverlight STB.

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Kinect hack motion-controls Flash UIs [Video]

Kinect hack motion-controls Flash UIs [Video]

The awesome Kinect hacks continue, and BLITZ have delivered what could turn out to be one of the more interesting adaptations of Microsoft's motion-gaming peripheral. They've figured out a way to get the Kinect sensor-bar to work with Flash-based interfaces via Node.js, opening the door to Flash, Silverlight and Unity apps being directly controlled by Kinect-recognized motions.

Video demo after the cut

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Microsoft Interview Explains Development Process, Applications, and Updates

Microsoft Interview Explains Development Process, Applications, and Updates

There's no doubt that with the launch of Windows Phone 7 Series, that things are changing for Microsoft in the mobile market. They've decided to revamp everything, and that means the development process is getting a major face-lift as well. While they're hoping that the main stay of developers from previous version of Windows Mobile will stick around, they also want to make it perfectly clear that new developers can take full advantage of the new Silverlight development process. In the interview we conducted, we learned that Microsoft agrees with everyone else, in that the development process is just as important as the hardware and software, to the survival and success of Windows Phone 7 Series. We also learned how applications will be distributed, upgraded, and everything else in between. Oh, and we find out that some dreams are certainly going to be dashed.

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Microsoft announce Sling, Foursquare & more for Windows 7 Phone series; Silverlight embracing open-source

Microsoft announce Sling, Foursquare & more for Windows 7 Phone series; Silverlight embracing open-source

Microsoft may not be known for their open-source credentials, but at MIX 2010 this morning the company have announced a new push to drive Silverlight adoption.  As well as launching Silverlight 4 RC today, the company have confirmed that the technologies used during the Olympics - that used Silverlight for web-streaming - will be made open-source.  Meanwhile Microsoft have given us a list of launch software partners for Windows Phone 7 series, which includes social networking tools from Foursquare and Seesmic, through entertainment like Pandora, Shazam, EA Mobile and Sling, through to enterprise providers like Citrix.  Microsoft have also confirmed which hardware functionality Windows Phone 7 series developers will be able to access, including multitouch and accelerometer.

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MIX 2010 delivers fresh WP7s news: Windows Phone Marketplace, Silverlight 4 RC and more

MIX 2010 delivers fresh WP7s news: Windows Phone Marketplace, Silverlight 4 RC and more

Today marks the kick-off point for MIX 2010, Microsoft's annual developer conference, and while usually we'd leave it to the programmers this year promises more information about Windows Phone 7 series.  Microsoft deferred pretty much all questions about hardware and software technicalities from MWC 2010 last month to this week's event, but with it already confirmed that WP7s will break software ties with Windows Mobile 6.5 and earlier, developers are understandably keen to find out exactly what's involved getting up to speed with the new platform.  Among the announcements today are the launch of the Silverlight 4 Release Candidate and the debut of Windows Phone Marketplace, the successor to Windows Marketplace for Mobile.

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