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Silverlight instead of Flash on iPhone?

iPhone does not support Adobe Flash, because it does not comply with Apple’s policy about 3rd party apps may not install software on iPhone which limits all application adding/removing on the iPhone OS to be handled by the App store.

Betanews.com reports that Microsoft worked with Apple for streaming video to an iPhone from a Silverlight-based platform, on a special note by Microsoft’s User Experience Platform Manager Brian Goldfarb.

“The promise of Silverlight is that it’s a cross-device, cross-browser, cross-platform solution, and it works the same on Macs as it does on Windows,” Goldfarb said.

The argument of iPhone supporting Silverlight was born in a demonstration event where an H.264 video was played on an iPhone using Microsoft’s Silverlight video streaming wirelessly.

Although having a Microsoft stream on the iPhone at a first glance suggests that Silverlight might be an alternative to Flash on the iPhone, this seems to have nothing to do with a client-side plug-in – thanks to the <VIDEO> tag introduced in HTML 5 which is supported by Safari (including iPhone Safari) even YouTube videos can be streamed on the iPhone.

Thank you, Brian Goldfarb, for your play of words to advertise Silverlight and causing confusion, and admitting that  at Microsoft, you work with Apple.

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  1. oh great news. so, if any phrase includes the keywords silverlight, flash and iphone all at once, it suddenly means the iphone is supporting either flash or silverlight?

    for those, who are joining us late, Steve Jobs referred to flash on mac as buggy and perhaps something like sluggish, so this is why they will not be supporting it on ipad or the iphone – and the world is moving to html 5 anyway. fyi, with html5 embedding video is as easy as embedding a picture… i.e or e.g. <img src="my image" blah blah

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