No, Microsoft is not redoing microsoft.com in Silverlight

No, Microsoft is not redoing microsoft.com in Silverlight

Summary: Slashdot got suckered and picked up a story by NeoSmart which was able to "exclusively reveal that Microsoft's website is in the middle of a redesign that will feature a fully Silverlight-powered interface - doing away with HTML and everything else." The problem, it's all BS.

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Slashdot got suckered and picked up a story by NeoSmart which was able to "exclusively reveal that Microsoft's website is in the middle of a redesign that will feature a fully Silverlight-powered interface - doing away with HTML and everything else." The problem, it's all BS.

The sitewide "redesign" was actually just an overhaul of the Microsoft Download Center, something that gets a lot of traffic but is a far cry from redoing Microsoft.com in Silverlight. That's not to say Microsoft isn't using their website traffic to up Silverlight penetration. When the download center launched back in September there was a Silverlight link to it on the main Microsoft.com page. They also featured some Halo 3 content on the main page done in Silverlight for a while. None of this amounts to much of a story.

The Silverlight penetration question is something I'm not sure about. Getting 80%+ penetration is a tough feat to reach. Not impossible, especially for a company like Microsoft, but tough. At Adobe we have somewhere around 8 million installs per day of the Flash Player. Microsoft.com gets about 60 million hits a month, so there's a bit of a discrepancy. Like I said, it's not impossible, but this is going to be a really interesting thing to watch because no one's tried to get massive penetration from scratch before in the "new web".

Topics: Software Development, Browser, Microsoft

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  • It's easy to sucker Slashdot when it comes to negative things about MS

    There are more ABMers on Slashdot than there on on ZDnet.
    ye
    • i have to agree ye that i would not believe a word that comes

      i have to agree ye that i would not believe a word that comes off that site.some of the posters say things that make me laugh so hard i lose my breath. like the guy who's says anything Microsoft is blocked from his servers wow thats 90% of the world. "guess he does not make much money"

      Microsoft has it's problems as does Linux and apple but some people take it to extremes when it comes to anything Microsoft.

      and will take any story and run with it it does not matter if there is any truth to it or not. slashdot proves this by not taking the bogus story down after they found out it was a made up bunch of trash. but they won't and i will tell you why they think well if someone reads it it might make them hate Microsoft more and thats our aim. it does not matter if it's the truth.
      SO.CAL Guy
      • Yes, for most emotion and wild speculation is all they have

        And so they see what they want to see and read what they want to read. Even ZDNet bloggers can be guilty of this!

        I saw this Silverlight issue in the talkbacks and I knew it was false right from the start.

        I agree, all OS's have issues and all software needs constant improvement. That's why I read these blogs...to see what issues others are having.
        otaddy
  • RE: No, Microsoft is not redoing microsoft.com in Silverlight

    I find it interesting that MS are adopting what I would consider 'fair play' techniques to push Silverlight penetration. Not going down the route of the expected "push it out in a windows update" which many of the misinformed predicted. But sacrificing potential visitors and downloads and even potentially sales is a brave move, but one I think will pay off for them. My guess is we can expect more of this tactic in the not too distant.
    Danny-T
  • RE: No, Microsoft is not redoing microsoft.com in Silverlight

    Well, I don't know about the whole of Microsoft.com, but obviously more than just the download area. For example, this section of the site dedicated to CES coverage requires a Silverlight download of some sort:

    http://www.microsoft.com/ces/

    ...rendering that portion of the site completely useless to me (no plugin available for my OS/browser).
    UserLand