Macworld editor says Silverlight is much better than Flash for video
Silverlight is much better than Flash. This is the conclusion expressed by Jason Snell, the editor of Macworld, the international magazine for Macophiles, in his latest tweet on Twitter:
"Watching SNF on NBC.com. Silverlight has such better video performance than Flash on the Mac, it's not even funny. Earth to Adobe."
- Jason Snell (Editor, Macworld)
The editor of Macworld was watching NFL Sunday Night Football on NBC's awesome new online player, powered by Silverlight. It obviously impressed him.
NBC announced their new web player last month, and it went live earlier this month with very positive feedback from he public. American football fans were raving about it on Twitter during last night's game, flooding the micro-blogging web site with a deluge of tweets -- many of which sounded more excited about the Silverlight player than the game they were watching.
The Mac magazine editor's "Earth to Adobe" is a criticism of Adobe, which has lost touch with the standards demanded of a modern browser plug-in and associated development tools. Flash is a legacy technology which has fallen far behind. Adobe have enjoyed a monopoly for too long, and they have grown complacent.
In contrast, Silverlight is a next-generation client technology, both in and out of the browser, representing major technological advances and offering great improvements in performance, versatility and user experience. It provides completely new and infinitely flexible ways of doing things, uses real programming languages, and can be built using a proper Integrated Development Environment just like Java or C#. Silverlight us in a different league.
The most impressive differences between Flash and Silverlight are under-the-hood, but they're apparent to the user too -- Silverlight is noticeably better than Flash.
14 September 2009