Dispelling the FUD! Silverlight is NOT on the iPhone!

This is crazy, do any of these bloggers actually read the announcements? My Twitter/RSS-feed streams are clogged with Silverlight on the IPhone items like here, here and here, and thats just not the case. So lets please get the facts right: Silverlight IS NOT on the iPhone. Or rather the browser plugin called Silverlight isnt.

Here are the facts. Microsoft User Experience Platform Manager Brian Goldfarb stated:

“We’re translating the content to support the MPEG2 v8 [decoder] format that the iPhone format; we’re moving it to their adaptive streaming format. So it’s the same IIS smooth streaming content, the same server, the same point of origin, but now I can get that content to play without any code changes, without any real work, on the iPhone. That’s the critical thing for our customers.”

Microsoft, Adobe and Apple have all proprietary adaptive streaming formats. For a better understanding read this article on Apple’s adaptive streaming on NewTeeVee.

Now in all honesty, thats cool. So you place a bit of video that silverlight can adaptively stream and if an iphone requests that, IIS will handle that as well. I am not sure but Adobe’s solution may need the Flash Communication Server to step in. But the perception of “free” only works if you are resigned to use IIS anyway, which I am sure a lot of Silverlight shops are anyway. But there is that difference.

However the titles of the posts I read and the followup comment are so WRONG. Silverlight isnt on the iPhone, video that Silverlight could play now plays on the iPhone.


Author: Arpit Mathur

Arpit Mathur is a Principal Engineer at Comcast Labs where he is currently working on a variety of topics including Machine Learning, Affective Computing, and Blockchain applications. Arpit has also worked extensively on Android and iOS applications, Virtual Reality apps as well as with web technologies like JavaScript, HTML and Ruby on Rails. He also spent a couple of years in the User Experience team as a Creative Technologist.

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