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01.28.09

Silver Lie: The New Music DRM

Posted in DRM, Microsoft, Novell at 6:29 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Fail.

DESPITE help — even promotion — from Miguel and Novell, Microsoft was unable to leverage Silverlight and elevate XAML as an alternative to HTML which is encumbered with patents, DRM, and other nasties.

Much like music DRM, no matter how hard Microsoft fights for it[*], it doesn’t get any real traction. Microsoft, in turn, blames the economy.

Silverlight’s real promise for the business customer — to improve user interfaces for day-to-day applications — has been thwarted by tightening budgets.

By sharing some figures last year, book publisher O’Reilly showed that Silverlight had failed to gain momentum and there were also substantiated accusations that Microsoft was faking acceptance. Exceptions appear to be Microsoft’s media allies [1, 2].

Bad Silverlight

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[*] C/f Comes Exhibit px06472, page 4 [PDF], Exhibit px06564, page 18 [PDF], Exhibit px06986 [PDF] and Gutmann’s presentation on Vista DRM [PDF])

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3 Comments

  1. aeshna23 said,

    January 28, 2009 at 10:05 pm

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    Roy, do you have a link for “elevate XAML as an alternative to HTML”? I searched BoycottNovell.com for one. Some of us non-programmers are still interested in these details.

  2. Roy Schestowitz said,

    January 29, 2009 at 4:10 am

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    Maybe this will be handy.

  3. aeshna23 said,

    January 29, 2009 at 10:40 am

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    Thanks, Roy. I wonder why the search didn’t work for me? Probably some silly error on my behalf.

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