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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 Kanaracus' report.

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 at [email protected].

Posted by Michael Desmond on 05/09/2007 at 1:15 PM

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