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The prospect of Silverlight applications running in Google's Chrome browser is in the air. A Sliverlight program manager has blogged about a hack to Microsoft's code that would get their company's media player running inside Google's fledgling browser. The hack to Silverlight lets Microsoft's player detect Chrome, clearing the …
Thanks for the mention Register! To be clear, the hack I mention is ONLY for the detection script that is an OPTIONAL (but recommended) component for the browser activation of a Silverlight application. This script (Silverlight.js) is similar to the SWFObject script used by Flash developers to aid them in detecting if (and which version) of their runtime is installed. This hack I note is NOT for the runtime itself, which is why I mentioned that even though most Silverlight applications may run, there are actually a few things that will be problematic.
"The Silverlight hack for Chrome - in addition to Moonlight - demonstrate the only limitation to these projects are the willingness of corporations to commit time and resources to making their software run in rivals' runtimes as first-class citizens."
Or put another way, the only thing keeping Flash alive is the fact that Microsoft would rather screw Google than Adobe.
Actually, given that Microsoft seem to have trouble producing an IE-compatible web browser these days, I think that willingness to commit probably isn't the only factor.
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