Microsoft has taken the covers off its high-def Flash competitor, Silverlight. The browser plugin is available for Windows & Mac for IE, Safari & Firefox (but not Opera for some reason). It’s still only the February WPF/E CTP that is available for download, this is really just a marketing name change and launch (ala Atlas becoming ASP.NET 2.0 AJAX Extensions).
Not being a flash developer or a graphic designer, there really isn’t a whole lot I could intelligently contribute to this discussion, so I’ll just point you to a whole bunch of other smart people.
- Read/Write Web: Microsoft Silverlight Takes On Adobe’s Flash
- Gizmodo: Microsoft Silverlight Pits High Def WMV Against Flash For Web Streaming
- Tim Sneath: Introducing Microsoft Silverlight
- Somasegar’s WebLog: Silverlight – The next generation web experiences