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Yesterday I mentioned that Silverlight will work in the Opera browser. Now David Storey, the Chief Web Opener at Opera, revealed in a blog post a bit more about the support for Opera.

Microsoft is serious about supporting Opera. The Silverlight team has been working with Opera on making sure the browser will support Silverlight. And as you can see from the picture below, Silverlight will work with Opera.

In fact Microsoft invited us to the Mix conference in Las Vegas for the announcement that Opera will be supported in Silverlight.

I commend Microsoft for reaching out and working with us on making Silverlight truly cross-browser compatible (unlike some other big companies that forget about Opera).

(Read David Storey’s blog post)

Microsoft Silverlight 1.1 Developer reference.
(Click to enlarge)

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  1. 1 RPW

    > making Silverlight truly cross-browser compatible

    What about cross-platform compatible? There’s no way MS will let Silverlight run on arbitrary platforms, it’s a classic closed-source, anti-standards expropriation attempt.

    I hope that Opera will be more interested in further developing and supporting open standards rather than concentrating on catch-up implementations of MS-specific code.

  2. 2 Jeena Paradies

    So, it’s not gonna work on linux?

  3. 3 Omega X

    RPW, they have no choice but to make it as available as possible or Adobe will remain king in that arena.

  4. 4 RPW

    > they have no choice but to make it as available as possible or Adobe will remain king in that arena.

    The Silverlight licensing is totally incompatible with the GPL, so it could never ship with Linux. Even if it did (or there was a third-party GPL implementation), Silverlight is still closed-cource, vendor-controlled, and time-limited to the extent that MS wishes to support it.

    Opera should care more about implementing and developing open standards, like it did with CSS and like it is with WHAT-WG/HTML 5.

  5. 5 kriko

    >So, it’s not gonna work on linux?

    Yes, in wet dreams, where everyone is happy and there is no religion….

  6. 6 DStorey

    RPW: First of all, never say never.

    Secondly, we are not taking people off standards development for this. The Silverlight team will look into fixing bugs that are stopping Opera support, and we will look into fixing bugs on our side. The developers which would do this, if bugs are found, would be those responsible for our plug-in support. Fixing these bugs would also benefit other plug-ins.

    I think we’ve already shown that we care about implementing open standards (I’m not sure if you can call HTML5 a standard yet), we have the best support for SVG of any browser, we have one of the best CSS3 support, and DOM3, pass the ACID2 test, have already implemented WF2 from HTML5, and have worked with the W3C to standardise our widget implementation. None of this is affected by working with MS to ensure Silverlight works in Opera.

  7. 7 Jappus

    > The Silverlight licensing is totally incompatible with the GPL,
    > so it could never ship with Linux.

    Do not forget, that your chosen distribution does not equal Linux. Or for all that matters, that GNU does not equal Linux.

    There are a lot of distributions out there, that use the Linux Kernel, which is GPLed, but also use Software licenced under a BSD-style licence, or an X11-license, or a Sun-license or any other Whatsitsname-license.

    There are even, le gasp, some distributions, like SuSE and RedHat, that ship closed-source software.

    Just because Silverlight will be closed source and under a Microsoft licence, that won’t necessarily stop it from being integrated into your GNU/Linux-based distribution.

    As a side-note: Flash is also closed-source, if I might remind you.

  8. 8 Josh

    I was going to also state that Flash is very much closed source. So the simple anti-MS comments are just that. Your alternatives are equal, you just automaticaly hate anything branded MS.

  9. 9 silverbluff

    “he Silverlight licensing is totally incompatible with the GPL, so it could never ship with Linux.”

    “>So, it’s not gonna work on linux?

    Yes, in wet dreams, where everyone is happy and there is no religion….”

    Wow, someone go tell De Icaza and the rest of mono developers that they are wasting their time!.

    Jesus christ, it’s not really that hard to be a little bit informed, is it?.

  10. 10 Øyvind Ø

    I agree with David Storey, never say never about anything. Mono has helped out before, so why not again like they say, and Flex went open source under the Mozilla Public License not long ago. Who would have guessed that up front?

    - ØØ -

  11. 11 kyleabaker

    It’s kind of funny that Microsoft is supposedly working well with Opera on this and yet they fail to even mention Opera on the Browser list. Sure there is a logo, but how many people who’ve never used Opera are gonna see the logo and think..oh I can use Opera for this, I should try it out! Still Microsoft being cheap if you ask me, lol.

  12. 12 Daniel Goldman

    kyleabaker, they do mention “Opera” on the bottom left corner.

  13. 13 Investor

    Well, bottom *right* corner on above image.
    (Probably unintended to leave Opera out of first browser list)

    Anyway, wondering, does Silverlight have any implications on the Nintendo Wii browser’s flash performance (currently Adobe Flash 7, which is limited)… ???

  14. 14 Daniel Goldman

    Investor, yup. I meant bottom right.

    With regards to the Wii, I was wondering the same. But if the Wii requires a Flash SDK, and not a plugin, I wonder if the same requirement holds true for Silverlight too.

  15. 15 Investor

    sorry, I don’t speak the Tech language ;)
    Guess you are saying… On the Wii, Adobe is Boss… neither Opera, Nintendo, nor Silverlight can change that ?

  16. 16 cap

    What does Silverlight have to do with Flash on Wii?

  17. 17 Investor

    Have no clue about this tech stuff. Just read Silverlight competes with Adobe, runs in a browser, and Opera supports it…

    Well, Wii got the Opera browser. Can it run Silverlight ?, if so, would that improve (video) performance (compared to using Adobe flash 7) ?

    Wii got potential, but probably needs a better video sollution to make it big. (Ref. estimated owned by 30% of households by 2011). Waiting for Adobe, to develop flash 8 and 9 is … bad news.

    Thus wondering if Silverlight is… good news.

    That’s all ;)

  18. 18 comnut

    yes, how about a better expo for us, cutting out all the PR stuff??

    It looks very much like the promo for the PNG format – it was made when the GIF format looked like it was going to be costly for all its users!!

    that has not happened, so there is not that much sign of it about.. just look in your cache after a busy days surfing, and count the number of each graphic file type! top will be JPG, then GIF…

    The problem is not really MS, it is about ‘mega-big companies, with a finger in *every* pie…

    Adobe seems good so far, just doing documents and flash.. they depend on that market, so sould not mess up…

    Google doing the same, with web search & tools…

    and what would you say, when a company starts treading on the area used by the above?? especially when it has so many other ‘cashmakers’ that it need not be so careful of it’s property that adobe and google are???

  19. 19 David Vallner

    Roughly 1000 GIF files for me, 500 PNGs, and 200 JPGs for me. You were saying what the top will be?

    That’s from a month of surfing onna 20MB cache.

    (The GIF number is probably bloated, because the high compression ratio and limited palette makes the format -excellent- for webpage design elements, of which you need a bajillion per website.)

  20. 20 comnut

    So you’re a web designer?? hardly a ‘normal user’….

  21. 21 comnut

    - but then again I do surf a lot of ‘tech news’ websites, lots of pics of kit…

  22. 22 Asbjørn Ulsberg

    I guess it’s timely and fairly on-topic to mention Implementing Silverlight on Linux in 21 Days, considering the amount of people screaming about non-Linux support, license incompatibilities etc., and claming that Silverlight will never be supported on Linux. Well, now it is.

    With that Open Source implementation, done by the fabulous Mono guys, I assume that we’ll see BSD, OS X and Solaris support fairly quickly.