Silverlight, de Microsoft oplossing als tegenhanger voor Adobe Flash, zou wel eens een goed product kunnen zijn voor Microsoft en voor Internet Explorer. Maar of dat nou zo positief is voor het web is een tweede.
Silverlight could spark Microsoft monopoly, warns MozillaPosted by Barry Collins at 5:49PM, Monday 25th June 2007
Silverlight is an attempt to lock developers into proprietary formats, according to Mozilla executives.
Having seen Firefox erode Internet Explorer's browser stranglehold, Mozilla says that Microsoft is once again trying to enforce its own proprietary standards with Silverlight, the company's new browser plug-in to rival Adobe Flash.
"Silverlight could lead to loss of developer choice that's akin to a monopoly in other areas," says Mike Shaver, director of ecosystem development at the Mozilla Corporation.
"It's certainly a lot easier to make money, the more control you have. It might be good for one company, it's not good for the web."
Shaver claims that proprietary development platforms such as Silverlight and Adobe's Apollo will splinter the developer community, unlike open web standards. "The right way to address [performance] issues with web applications is not to abandon the web, but improve and develop it," he said.
"To see more apps move into a closed environment would be a shame."
Shaver says the biggest problem for Silverlight and Apollo developers is the lack of flexibility. "If you don't like the way Silverlight works, you have to convince Microsoft that your case matters," he said.
"It's fine for them [Microsoft] to have different priorities, but when you're trapped on one technology platform you don't have that choice."
Yet, despite their ideological differences, Mozilla will continue to co-operate with its commercial rivals.
"We don't align with a corporation, we align with an activity. We work with Microsoft to make Firefox work better with Vista, for example. It doesn't mean we endorse what they're doing with Silverlight," concluded Shaver.