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Article No. 168 May 1, 2007

Microsoft could well deliver with Silverlight

Microsoft’s new “Flash/Flex killer” Silverlight seems to have made quite an impression on some. Many of us are still taking the idea of Microsoft shoving Adobe of its RIA throne with a pinch of salt but the folks at TechCrunch seem to believe that Silverlight is, in fact, “the future”. You can read their reasons why right here. The demos are impressive, the client is quite light (4Mb in Windows) and Microsoft has the development clout to get this widely adopted — it’ll be interesting to see what happens.

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Silverlight content is old.

Silverlight content can’t be seen by Search Engines.

So, it really doesn’t pay to put all of your content into something proprietary that has no SEO value. Flash is great, and Silverpoint is great. But, it’s not like it’s going to replace HTML or anything. HTML is text. Silverlight is not. Let’s be real here

“Silverlight content can’t be seen by Search Engines.” – yet. Developers should be able to make it more search engine friendly.

Silverlight’s XAML structure is easily more accessible and can be made searchable compared with Flash/Flex. I actually think that’s whats going to make Silverlight successful. I’m going to bet on new paradigm in RIA-type searching once it matures.

@benson you are right its XAML code which just another form of xml even XHTML is a form of XML. The next few years should will be interesting to see. As far as I can see Sliverlight is light years ahead of Flex.

Google does not index the Silverlight Fox site:

http://google.com/search?q=site:silverlight.net/fox/

Flash can also use xml, that does not mean it plays well with search engines.

Google does not index the Silverlight Fox site:

http://google.com/search?q=site:silverlight.net/fox/

Flash can also use xml, that does not mean it plays well with search engines.

@benson you are right its XAML code which just another form of xml even XHTML is a form of XML. The next few years should will be interesting to see. As far as I can see Sliverlight is light years ahead of Flex.

“Silverlight content can’t be seen by Search Engines.” – yet. Developers should be able to make it more search engine friendly.

Silverlight’s XAML structure is easily more accessible and can be made searchable compared with Flash/Flex. I actually think that’s whats going to make Silverlight successful. I’m going to bet on new paradigm in RIA-type searching once it matures.

Silverlight content can’t be seen by Search Engines.

So, it really doesn’t pay to put all of your content into something proprietary that has no SEO value. Flash is great, and Silverpoint is great. But, it’s not like it’s going to replace HTML or anything. HTML is text. Silverlight is not. Let’s be real here