By Michael Mulvey on December 11, 2006 12:51 PM
Ok, no long-winded Microsoft-bashing on this post, I'll just cut right to it - Microsoft is developing a competitor to Flash. The technology has a beautifully ambiguous name: WPF/E.
If you'd like to bore yourself, you can watch a video of Joe Stegman from Microsoft describing this truly breakthrough technology.
In the video they say the word 'XAML' about a trillion times (pronounced "ZAMYL"). It gets annoying real quick. I Iove how he explains plug-in technology, with terms like "object and embed tags" and what a browser does went it's presented with an unknown plug-in. I understand all this, it's almost 2007 and over 95% of people have Flash Player 7 You don't need to tell me about plug-in technology.
Guys, it's not ZAML, it's XML. Microsoft is basically going head-to-head with Adobe Flex/Flash (view samples of Flex apps here), providing a framework for developers to work within when developing online applications.
Microsoft, what would be a compelling reason for me to start working with WPF/E when I and millions of other people can do it in Flash? Not only that, but Flash is constantly evolving and making improvements with each new version.
Microsoft is coming on to the scene late with an average product the same way it's doing with Zune.