Adobe CEO questions Microsoft Silverlight cross-platform commitment
Microsoft Silverlight has started facing the stick after its launch and this time it is from Bruce Chizen, CEO of Adobe who has questioned the commitment of Microsoft to keep the Silverlight platform compatible with other OS besides Windows. SilverLight is being termed as a challenge to Flash. He stated examples from history where Internet Explorer and Media Player which were compatible with Mac but now work only on Windows platform and he feels that Silverlight may never become a part of cross platform solution.
Flash has existed for over a decade and has gained further popularity with video sharing websites such as YouTube which uses Flash for delivering streaming video to users. Flash is even being used in mobile handsets. Now it will be facing competition from Silverlight in which case Microsoft will make all efforts to givea run for its money. Chizen knows this and he is taking Microsoft quite seriously. He stated:
Microsoft is a US$50 billion monopolist who's in the software business. I take them very seriously.
Adobe has plans to launch Apollo, a technology which enables rich internet applications to run offline and the excitement for this technology can be judged from the fact that the alpha version has already been downloaded 110,000 times. It seems Adobe has already started feeling the pressure from Silverlight.