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Microsoft Silverlight: Light Up the Web with DRM?

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I was kind of surprised and pleased to read that Silverlight is being launched on both Windows and OS X; it seemed like an excessively generous olive branch to the MacBook Pro-toting webdev cadre. Because in every other field Microsoft is happy to blithely presume that Mac users are a rounding error on their Windows-led cash cows.

And Silverlight does look well thought through. The video performance looks terrific, and the fact that it installs on IE without even requiring the browser to be restarted is undeniably attractive.

Cramming in an implementation of the .NET CLR is genius and yet defiantly 1996-era Microsoft; if you remember that far back, the first rollout of ActiveX controls in Internet Explorer 4 and Visual Basic 5 offered very similar functionality in terms of building rich applications within the browser. It was excellent fun building demos with that stuff, and I’m sure it’ll be even more thrilling with the benefit of Silverlight’s several orders of magnitude increased complexity.

But the brightest bit of Silverlight is still the video delivery, and I think it’s what will drive the adoption of the plugin. I’m wondering if Silverlight supports DRM; if so, perhaps it’s a way for the BBC’s iPlayer to make the leap to OS X quicker than we might otherwise expect.

Oh, and I wonder if Silverlight will work on the iPhone, too.


Written by jermolene

May 1, 2007 at 11:53 pm

Posted in development, web

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  1. Silverlight does support DRM. That is probably why they are marketing it to MAC users too. I’m sure the music/movie industry is more than interested.


    August 6, 2008 at 3:46 pm

  2. And does it work on the iPhone?


    August 28, 2008 at 1:58 pm

  3. Hey, I found this article while looking for help with fixing Microsoft Silverlight. I have recently changed browsers from Safari to Firefox 3.2. Now I seem to have a problem with loading websites that use Microsoft Silverlight. Everytime I go on a page that needs Microsoft Silverlight, my computer does not load and I get a “npctrl.dll” error. I cannot seem to find out how to fix the problem. Any help getting Microsoft Silverlight to work is greatly appreciated! Thanks

    Delilah Wesolick

    March 7, 2010 at 3:09 am

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