Opera Inbound and Shooting for the Moonlight
Impressed as I am by the Silverlight story Microsoft is telling, I've been
disappointed by two things. One has been the lack of support for the excellent
Opera Web browser. Well, it seems Microsoft has addressed that blind spot. Check
out the Microsoft Silverlight 1.1 Developer Reference graphic here
Looks like Opera users can look forward to running Silverlight apps and content.
You can read more about this in Chris
The other issue is lack of Linux support. Microsoft's response to pointed questions
on Silverlight supporting Linux has been consistent: "We listen to our
customers and if our customers say they want Linux support..."
That's code for "Don't hold your breath."
Or maybe you can. Because Miguel de Icaza, the man behind the open source Mono
project for running .NET apps on Linux, plans to produce
a Linux version of Silverlight by the end of 2007.
Known for the time being as "Moonlight," the effort will build atop
the existing Mono infrastructure, adding the components needed to make Silverlight
apps and content playable on Moonlight-enabled systems.
What do you think? Is Microsoft hurting itself by passing on Linux and leaving
the platform to Adobe? Let me know your thoughts on this and de Icaza's efforts
Posted by Michael Desmond on 05/09/2007 at 1:15 PM