Microsoft has been trying hard to get the world to care about Silverlight. Visit Microsoft.com and you'll be forced to install it if you want to stay on the site. Microsoft has also been out on the evangelism trail, talking up its Rich Internet Application platform alternative to Adobe.
It's incredible to see all the things that can be done in a browser these days. It's also incredible that we persist in exposing it all through a browser.
I don't know about you, but I don't want my 21st-century software life lived within the ugly vestiges of the 20th century. The browser, for me, is early days with "browsing." Who browses anymore? Who could?
I like the way Google does it on my BlackBerry. Can I access Google Maps, News, etc. in a browser? Yes. But I like having separate icons for them on my BlackBerry. I like to think of them as distinct applications, in other words.… Read more
Marc Fleury, founder of JBoss and sometime DJ, is back in the open-source saddle as advisor to Appelerator, an interesting open-source company that provides tools for building Rich Internet Applications (RIAs). I mentioned here the other day that with Ben Sabrin joining Appcelerator other JBossers were sure to follow. This is perhaps the biggest coup of all....
Of Marc's addition, Jeff Haynie, CEO of Appcelerator, said:Marc has been a collaborator and a friend for years and we're pleased to formalize his relationship with Appcelerator. We believe the knowledge he developed building JBoss, to the point where it … Read more
CHICAGO--Adobe Systems, one of the largest providers of packaged software, is aggressively expanding into online services as it seeks to garner more revenue from the Web.
At its Max developer conference here on Tuesday, company executives detailed collaboration and document workflow Web services scheduled for release in the next year.
The company also showed off Thermo, the code name for a new tool aimed at letting designers, rather than programmers, build rich Internet applications.
Adobe's strategy is to introduce services as complements to its existing desktop and server applications. It is still experimenting with different business models to charge for services, which could include shared revenue from advertising or subscriptions, executives said.
"We're looking at how monetization of software in the services world changes and Adobe needs to change with that," said Chief Software Architect Kevin Lynch on Monday.
During a keynote on Tuesday, Lynch said that Adobe is still "in the early days" of offering services but the company intends to offer more. … Read more
Tapping into its deep development tool experience, Microsoft has shown how it intends to duel Adobe and others in an ongoing rich Internet applications race.
At the Mix '07 conference, Microsoft announced that .Net languages can now be used to write applications for Silverlight, a cross-platform browser plug-in that it's offering as an alternative to Adobe's Flash.
Microsoft also announced the Dynamic Languages Runtime, an extension to the .Net Framework that enables people to use dynamic, or scripting, languages to write Silverlight or Windows applications.
Microsoft is making the source code for the Dynamic Languages Runtime available under … Read more
Today, Microsoft announced the first public versions of its Silverlight application for creating and experiencing rich, interactive applications online. There are two different versions of the cross-browser plug-in: Silverlight 1.0 beta (download for Windows or Mac) and Silverlight 1.1 alpha (download for Windows or Mac).
The big difference between 1.0 beta and 1.1 alpha versions is that the 1.1 alpha allows developers to create Silverlight applications using .NET technologies such as C#. If you don't care much about that new advancement, you probably won't be too excited about some of the sample Silverlight … Read more