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Microsoft is Bringing Silverlight to the iPhone

Microsoft is Bringing Silverlight to the iPhone

Posted November 26, 2009 at 11:45am by iClarified · 7340 views
Microsoft has demonstrated H.264 video streaming wirelessly using Microsoft's Silverlight video streaming to an Apple iPhone, according to BetaNews.

How did this happen? BetaNews asked Microsoft User Experience Platform Manager Brian Goldfarb last week at PDC 2009 and his answer was a huge surprise... "We worked with Apple."

"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 responded. "The iPhone is a unique scenario. We talked to our customers...and they said, 'Look, we just need to get our content there, and it's mainly in the media space like broadcasting, and we want to put it on the iPhone.' They have a great solution for that; if you're surfing the Web, and hit YouTube and hit 'Play,' it'll play your video because they've created an environment where they can safely play media, and they're comfortable with that."

"So we've worked with Apple to create a server-side based solution with IIS Media Services," Goldfarb continued, "and what we're doing is taking content that's encoded for smooth streaming and enabling the content owner to say, 'I want to enable the iPhone.' The server will dynamically make the content work -- same content, same point of origin -- on the iPhone. We do this with the HTML 5 VIDEO tag, in many ways."

"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."

BetaNews asked what it meant to "work with Apple"? "We did all the work," Goldfarb responded. "We just made sure Apple was comfortable with it. We have to have a strong partnership with our partners, we have to have trust, and that's key."

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BRIKZ - November 27, 2009 at 12:14pm
I personally don't want Silverlight anywhere near my phone....Have you installed it on your computer and then either moved the file folder, renamed, misplaced or deleted it, intentionally or by accident....Good luck reinstalling or updating it, or even removing it.... The silverlight happens all the time that if you can't find the folder auto-updates won't be complete and it will just keep popping up and reminding you...constantly......I hate programs like that...
Kevine - November 26, 2009 at 3:59pm
The title is somewhat misleading. It's more like Microsoft is allowing Silverlight to deliver content in HTML, HTTP and MPEG standards that the iPhone is compatible with. From the iPhone's perspective, Silverlight doesn't exist. The iPhone is simply getting H.264 MPEG-4 in a HTML5 VIDEO tag sent via HTTP. Content providers have been able to do this for some time, even with Flash, although few choose to do so. All you need to do is use the normal Flash embed, but in the check to see if Flash plugin is available in the browser, instead of linking to where one can download and install Flash, place the HTML5 VIDEO tag that uses the same H.264 MPEG-4 file being played in the Flash player. Alternatively, you don't have to get all fancy as a content provider, simply make sure you're using H.264 MPEG-4 files with your Flash player as .mp4 files instead of .flv or f4v files, and then provide a simple link to that file where you place the Flash player. If for some reason your Flash player can't handle .mp4 files, then you'd need to encode 2 files one for the link and one for the Flash player.
Steve - November 26, 2009 at 11:50am
Wow. I figured Apple would of approved Flash before they approved silverlight.
Miguel - November 26, 2009 at 12:44pm
I Strongly agree
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