I was on under the impression that nothing on planet Earth was happening besides Michael J’s death (last name withheld to protect anonymity), but it looks like there is a lot of action in our industry.
Last week, Microsoft released Silverlight 3.0, a very promising RIA (Rich Internet Application) development platform. Thus far, Silverlight 1.0 was too limited to allow for any kind of serious interactions, and Silverlight 2.0 was just a Windows-centric platform.
Silverlight 3.0 features better media support (3D, graphics acceleration, higher quality video) and richer interactivity (richer user interfaces, ability to run outside the browser, ability to interact with other applications). It is an impressive platform for Windows but little is known so far on its prowesses on MacOS and Linux.
The current incumbent on the RIA scene is Adobe and, although it was known that 99% of all computers worldwide could run Adobe’s Flash Player, details on the specific segment of Enterprise clients were sketchy. A Forrester Research based on 50,000 respondents highlights that almost 97% of enterprises can run the standard Flash Player (the one required by today’s common Flex applications). Within 3 months of the release of Flash Player 10 (the player required for the upcoming generation of development tools), 36% of enterprises were ready to use it.
So, despite a slowing down economy, the RIA race is fiercer than ever thus asserting that the case for RIA’s is a solid one.
I will shortly blog my perspective on another hot battle these days: the Operating System’s one.