Microsoft Working on Streaming Silverlight Video for iPhone

Posted by at 11:32 am on November 30, 2009

Microsoft has demonstrated Silverlight video streaming for the iPhone, according to reports. The technology relies on server-side transcoding and H L 5’s video tag, but displays Silverlight content in a native MPEG-2 format recognized by the iPhone’s version of QuickTime. “So it’s the same IIS smooth streaming content, the same server, the same point of origin, but now I can get that content to play without any code changes, without any real work, on the iPhone. That’s the critical thing for our customers,” says Microsoft User Experience platform manager Brian Goldfarb.

No version of Flash is allowed on the iPhone as a result of performance concerns, particularly in regards to battery life. The standard is nevertheless available on competing devices via the Open Screen Project.   Adobe has shown tools for the up coming CS 5 version of Flash which   will let produce native IPAs apps.

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