Friday, April 4th, 2008

ASP.Net Ajax Site and Silverlight

Category: Microsoft

Silverlight on MS Ajax Page

This is an interesting one. If you go to learn about ASP.Net Ajax at the Microsoft site itself you not only see info about the product, including this:

ASP.NET AJAX is a free framework for quickly creating efficient and interactive Web applications that work across all popular browsers.

ASP.NET AJAX is built-into ASP.NET 3.5. It is also available as a separate download for ASP.NET 2.0.

But, you may get a full screen modal popup that tells you how much better Silverlight is than anything the Open Web has to offer ;) NOTE: Some people see this, and others do not.

I don’t see this when I go to Adobe Spry. There is no “FLEX FLEX FLEX” message.

How do you feel about that?

Posted by Dion Almaer at 2:10 pm
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The difference here, of course, is that Adobe already has 98+% market penetration for its plugin. Microsoft is still trying to bootstrap.

Either way, it’s an hilarious juxtaposition and I do feel a bit sorry for the Atlas team at having their hard work co-opted like this. Guess we know what’s “strategic” now.

Regards

Comment by slightlyoff — April 4, 2008

It seems like the same poeplel that do Atlas do Silverlight, at least that is the impression I get from their blogs.
A bit unfortunate since I have not seen much progress on the Ajax front since Silverlight.
Just hope they bring it to the iPhone! :-)

Comment by rblaettler — April 4, 2008

I didn’t get this when running Firefox 3 Beta (my default browser), but sure enough I get this in Internet Explorer 8 Beta. So what browser are you running Dion? :)

Comment by codedread — April 4, 2008

Appears for me on IE7, Vista. Maybe I’m just the lucky lottery winner selected to experience Silverlight.

Comment by khakman2 — April 4, 2008

Maybe they’ve worked out they’re unlikely to win over Opera/FF users to Silverlight? :)

Comment by JamesHarrison — April 4, 2008

All who knows me can confirm that I have said for almost a year now that ASP.NET AJAX is nothing more than the “launch campaign for Silverlight”… ;)

Comment by polterguy — April 5, 2008

When I see Silverlight, it makes me think, “this is the reason we won’t get native SVG in IE…”

Comment by WillPeavy — April 5, 2008

What is Flex… ?

Don’t be another MS hater website please…. :(

Comment by Steve — April 7, 2008

To be fair to the ASP.NET site, this modal window comes up on *every* Microsoft website that has Silverlight content or enhancement. Overall I’m against popups of any sort as they’re pretty annoying, but I can understand Microsoft wanting to push installs (besides, already have Silverlight installed on all of my computers because it rocks and I don’t get that window ;-).

Comment by posure — April 7, 2008

I agree with posure. This is simply to allow the user to view the silverlight content. Not a completely extraneous sales pitch. I’ve seen the same thing on flash sites when a newer version is required. I’m not sure they even say anything about any other product in the popup. Merely that that website will improve if you install Silverlight.

But who knows maybe i’m missing something.

Comment by bnye — April 7, 2008

Half the point of Ajax is so that we can create rich applications without having to depend on proprietary plugins like Flash or Sliverlight. Pushing unnecessary / gratuitous use of these plugins is, in my opinion, annoying to users and harmful to the web. Unfortunately, both Adobe and Microsoft have every incentive to do so, since it makes them money.

Fortunately, with so many excellent JavaScript frameworks to choose from, and browser technology steadily (rapidly in most cases!) improving, Flash and Silverlight can and should be used as a last resort, rather than a primary strategy.

Comment by geoffp — April 8, 2008

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