LAS VEGAS--Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's chief software architect, on Monday introduced a video-streaming service and announced .Net development tool support for Silverlight, its cross-platform Web browser plug-in.
Ozzie was the keynote speaker at Mix '07, Microsoft's conference aimed at Web developers and designers, where he laid out Microsoft's strategy for providing tools for a range of applications, including pure Web browser-based applications as well as those that combine on-premise software with online services.
On Monday, Microsoft launched a service called Silverlight Streaming, a Microsoft-hosted service that lets people embed streaming media into a Web page. Storage for video feeds and photos is free "with reasonable limitations," Ozzie said.
Silverlight is Microsoft's alternative to Adobe's Flash Player, which has become a de facto standard for video on the Web.
With .Net support, people trained in Microsoft .Net languages, such as C# or Visual Basic, can write applications that run on Web browser, including Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari on the Mac. To do that, Microsoft will provide a cross-platform version of the .Net framework, said Scott Guthrie, general manager of Microsoft's servers and tools division.
Microsoft also announced on Monday the availability of a Web designer tools called Expression Studio.