Reminder: Microsoft to push Silverlight to business users this week

Reminder: Microsoft to push Silverlight to business users this week

Summary: This week -- specifically on January 22 -- Microsoft will make its Adobe-Flash-alternative Silverlight 1.0 available to corporate users via Windows Software Update Services (WSUS), as well as via Microsoft Update (MU).

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There are still two more weeks until Microsoft pushes its latest Internet Explorer 7 update to corporate users via its Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) patch mechanism.

But this week -- specifically on January 22 -- Microsoft will make its Adobe-Flash-alternative Silverlight available via WSUS, as well as via Microsoft Update (MU). In order to have Silverlight 1.0 pushed to users, admins will need to select it; it will be an optional, not automatic, download.

The Silverlight product family will include installers and updates for the Silverlight browser plug-in for Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox, according to the Microsoft Update Product Team blog. More details:

"The Silverlight 1.0 installer will be published to the Microsoft Update site and available to WSUS servers.  It will be applicable for both Windows XP SP2 and Windows Server 2003 systems.  For users visiting the Microsoft Update site, Silverlight 1.0 will be published as 'optional' and available to download and install interactively.

"WSUS Admins, this new product family will appear in the 'Products and Classification' selection dialog of your Microsoft Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) server, so be sure to select it if you want the Silverlight 1.0 installer to synchronize down to your server. The Silverlight 1.0 installer, will be classified as a 'feature pack' for WSUS (so you’ll need to be sure you have that classification selected too), and will require EULA acceptance before approving to targeted managed clients."

Speaking of Silverlight, until recently, I was having the same problem I've seen others reporting on the Web: Repeated messages when attempting to view Silverlight content that claimed I did not have Silverlight installed on my machine. It turns out that I inadvertently had installed both Silverlight 1.0 and an alpha of Silverlight 1.1 (now known as Silverlight 2.0). Once I uninstalled the alpha of 1.1 and reinstalled the final 1.0 (thanks for the assistance, Silverlight team), my problem was solved.

Topics: Microsoft, Hardware, Operating Systems, Servers, Software, Software Development, Windows

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Something MS has done very well

    Despite how MS always gets negative things said about them they have done silverlight very well. Its a great piece of app for the web.
    custserv
    • I'm inclined to agree

      [i]Despite how MS always gets negative things said about them they have done silverlight very well.[/i]

      I suspect you're right -- Flash is pretty much doomed to the same fate as Netscape. Funny, isn't it, how this is happening just as MS is coming out from under antitrust scrutiny left over from Netscape.

      I really don't see any way for Adobe to avoid their fate, but what's really strange to me is that they don't even seem to see it coming.
      Yagotta B. Kidding
      • Silverlight for non-MS products?

        Are they planning on a version for Linux? For the Mac?

        Or is this some ploy to try to manipulate their users into thinking that everything has to be the "Microsoft Way"?

        I'm thinking it's about on the same lines as when Windows XP is first installed and a little popup message says "in order to contact friends and family you must have a .NET passport account".

        Are people still using that???
        harrisharris
      • I don't see it

        I don't really see how Flash is any more doomed that it was when it failed as the new HTML. People got tired of Flash all over the place and 100% Flash sites and it finally settled into its home of small widgets, games, and video players. There may be a short burst of Silverlight but I believe it will either find a niche like Flash or die like some of the other MS ideas.

        I also don't understand this idea of developers all of a sudden being able to take over the presentation layer if they have not been handling it already. The problem was not any language barrier (as a REAL developer does not believe in language barriers). Its a lack of artistic ability. Many people simply lack the art skill and unless Silverlight has some magic language called Aesthetics++ then I don't see a threat to front-end designers. And since it seems that the big pros to Silverlight are on the backend then what motive do they have to move from Flash?
        storm14k
    • Maybe...

      ...but (my opinion) MSFT will use it to abuse customers and users and pollute all computers.

      This corrupt organization can never be trusted to do anything that benefits its customers.

      MSFT is a completely untrustworthy company whose mission is to cheat, lie and steal on its customers and "partners."

      Question: what is the difference between the Mafia and MSFT? Answer: The Mafia hands out Turkeys at Thanksgiving.

      The central ethos of MSFT is dishonesty and deceit. It should not have been prosecuted for anti-trust violations but for RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) violations.
      Jeremy W
      • Turkeys

        Actually, Microsoft have delivered more turkeys over more holidays for years now.
        maccrossane
  • Remember: I'm here from Microsoft and I'm here to help you

    Here are my opinions:

    Is anyone going to believe this tired line again?

    Have we not all be Vista'd, Xbox'd, Zunes'd and WM'd beyond ever falling for this line of hooey again?

    Things we know with certainty: Microsoft products have almost zero innovation content. Any innovation comes from the original inventor from whose work MSFT stole the idea and implementation.

    The application will be set out into the wild as an alpha version, so bad that loading it will be impossible for 99.99999% of alpha testers; when it is [prematurel] given to beta testing, it will be almost as bad as alpha; when it is foisted upon (oops: sold to or "given away") to the public it will be unuseable. Then the Redmond Bloatfarm will force its use by ring fencing it with one of its fortress bloat applications - Windows or Office.

    Then will come all the patent infringement suits; then will come $ user charges to pay for the suits.

    Then will come the advertisements to herald its "innovation."

    Then a government will demand that MS make it "accessible." MS will protest and the EU will sue it for Euros3million/day. MS will protest and pay hundreds of shills (many working for ZDNet) to wrire endless "articles" (actually MS generated "talking points") defending "innovation" and excoriating the European hoi barbaroi.

    MS will give in but 96% of all PCs will be ruined and productivity will have suffered because of the latest wave of computer pollution from the most corrupt organization in the world.

    "I'm here from Microsoft and I'm here to help you.

    Yeah, right.
    Jeremy W
  • A GRAB BAG OF DECEPTION, DISHONESTY & HIGH-HANDED TACTICS

    http://www.vcnet.com/bms/departments/dirtytricks.shtml

    Privacy is Where You Find it
    Microsoft managed to grab headlines with
    their announced intentions to pull company
    advertising from any web site that doesn't
    publish a privacy statement. So they're on
    our side of the privacy issue, right? Well,
    that appears to depend entirely on who's
    doing the transgressing. Only months before,
    it was discovered that Microsoft Office
    secrets an identifier code in every
    document -- a unique code that can trace the
    file right back to the computer that created
    it. Microsoft issued all the standard
    denials in this instance, of course, and
    promptly issued a "fix" for Office. But now
    they apparently expect us to accept the
    utterly unbelievable -- that the company is
    actually driving the privacy issue in our
    behalf.
    Ole Man
    • Wonderful link

      to a site that details too many lies, too much cheating and deception from the Redmond Bloatdungroller.

      Is there anyone who could possibly be taken in by the immense fraud that this heap of deceit attempts to foist on the public?

      Why is there no prosecution under RICO for this outlaw organization?
      Jeremy W
      • heheheh

        Bloatdungroller

        heheheh :D
        Kid Icarus-21097050858087920245213802267493
  • That's true

    You've got a point. Micro$oft never does anything for the benefit of its customers. Rather, this is just an incidental effect of theiir trying to control markets. It's always, control, profit, control, and profit.
    mannyamador
  • MSFT = Lies, cheating, deceit, fraud, poor unreliable junkware

    Then, of course the proposed "product" will not work and will pollute your computer or provide "vulnerability opportunities".

    Just say no to MSFT dungbloatware!
    Jeremy W
  • No Thanks...

    Just another vulnerability vector, IMO. Is there any compelling reason for me to push a 1.0 product that isn't used anywhere on the web besides microsoft.com?
    robert.paul9
  • How do you block this?

    Keep automatic updates turned off?

    Or is there an opt-out feature before automatic updates sends it out?
    hasta la Vista, bah-bie
    • Optional

      It'll be an "Optional" download so unless someone goes and specifically selects it it won't install via the normal Automatic Update process.
      robert.paul9
  • False title, Mary Jo...

    It isn't "pushing" if you have to explicitly request it.
    PB_z
    • False Definitio PB_z

      It is pushing.

      The American Heritage Dictionary says:

      pushing (pʊsh'ĭng)

      adj.
      Energetic; enterprising.
      Aggressive; forward; presuming.

      Please don't invent definitions to prove your point.
      msackett
  • I think that it is Pushing, but the administrator has to Opt In

    From what I understand, an administrator has to select it first, but then it is "pushed" to the clients in the enterprise. So, the option is on a different moment than the pushing...
    Roque Mocan
    • an administrator has to select it first

      Wanna bet?

      Ever heard of "secret" or "forced" updates"?

      Ever heard of "forced" and/or "secret"
      changes to WSUS after the "administrator"
      has set preferences?

      These are all wonderful innovations of
      Microsoft! You don't expect Microsoft to
      abandon their innovations now, do you?
      Ole Man
      • Tinfoil hat theories...

        Again with the FUD... I guess most people would rather continue to live in their echo chamber of conspiracy theories than, you know, check the facts on the issue at all.

        This was explained already: http://blogs.technet.com/mu/archive/2007/09/13/how-windows-update-keeps-itself-up-to-date.aspx

        The user MUST TURN ON AUTOMATIC UPDATE in the first place--that is NOT FORCED. The supposedly "silent" updating is to *AU ITSELF*. How can AU check for updates when AU itself is out of date?

        Not that I expect shiny headwear to diminish in popularity, but goodness gracious, folks... take it off from time to time.
        blu_vg9