Microsoft Silverlight vs. Adobe Flash

August 11, 2008

Onsite Computer in New Orleans subscribes to the principal that competition in a free, capitalistic society is wonderful for consumers, especially when the competitors are behemoths like Microsoft and Adobe. This competition is for domination of the technology for streaming interactive animations, graphics, audio and video on the web. Adobe, with 99% market share for streaming software, and its Flash player are under attack by Microsoft and its Silverlight player.

From Business Strategy 101, whenever a vendor controls 99% market share for anything, that vendor is ripe for competition. Some may contend one possible Adobe strategy is to erect barriers to entry for Microsoft and Silverlight. It is alleged by some that if Microsoft attempts to gain proprietary advantage by integrating Silverlight in their next operating system, Microsoft would have a considerable advantage over Adobe.

It is easy to guess that one Adobe technique from Business Strategy 101 would use the US Government (i.e. taxpayers) to impede the threat of competition from Microsoft’s Silverlight with claims of an anti-competitive and anti-consumer nature. This strategy is the same strategy Microsoft is attempting to use to derail the Google relationship with Yahoo.

Brian Goldfarb, who manages several products at Microsoft, defends Silverlight with the case that adhering to industry standards makes innovation a difficult task. Silverlight has notable propriety restrictions: Microsoft is the only software publisher selling Silverlight software utilities. Additionally, the digital rights management associated with Silverlight, called PlayReady, is only available on Microsoft servers.

In the past Microsoft was found guilty of anti-competitive, anti-consumer claims in a US anti-trust case. The Justice Department determined Microsoft used its critical mass to repress Web competition. Microsoft obliterated Netscape by bundling Internet Explorer with the Microsoft Windows operating system.

As the games begin, it will be interesting to note Adobe’s strategy to protect its 99% market share and compete with Silverlight and Microsoft. Stay tuned as the drama of another competition begins, and hopefully consumers will benefit.

If you’re searching for New Orleans computer service or repair of your Microsoft based system or network, then call the Microsoft specialists at 504-469-6991. Onsite Computer Services, Inc. in New Orleans

You may also be interested in Onsite Computer’s Blog.

This New Orleans On-Site Computer Service post was provided by Eli Lucas. Eli can be reached at eli@onsitenola.com. Onsite Computer serves the Microsoft computing needs of small businesses throughout the Greater New Orleans area including Uptown, Lakeview, Broadmoor, Mid-City, Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, Westbank, French Quarter, and the Warehouse District. Please visit our website for New Orleans Computer Service.

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