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    We all knew it was a matter of time before Microsoft either bought Macromedia or entered the market to compete.

    Well Adobe bought Macromedia, so…

    Microsoft has announced its upcoming launch of Sparkle – a new product that will wholly and decisively outdo Flash.

    It is a part of the upcoming Avalon framework, and can be used to create thick-client interfaces or web-interfaces for .NET apps (or just websites).

    http://channel9.msdn.com/showpost.aspx?postid=115387

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    it wont end flash, it will cost like $100,000,000

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    It's surprising it took this long for them to do it. I would have thought they would do it years ago.

    Dan, cost is not an issue to many companies who are the major buyers of Flash. Whether it's $20 or $2000 won't make a difference.
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    I guess. but MS is known for crappy products and ever worse service, macromedia on the other hand has years of rep behind them. I do not believe MS is going to take this one.

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    Microsoft doesn't have a chance to compete with flash. If flash development suddenly stopped (highly unlikely) my bet is Flash would still reign supreme for rich-media delivery for at least another 8-10 years. Flash is here for the long haul... microsoft is just throwing money at a hopeless cuase.
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    if it will be less irritating than some flashes, then im absolutely sure many will really like it.

    if it makes browsing easier, many people would be thankful for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mage
    if it will be less irritating than some flashes, then im absolutely sure many will really like it.

    if it makes browsing easier, many people would be thankful for it.

    The thing is, flash is a transparent technology to end-users. Flash ads aren't annoying - websites are. This website isn't built on flash - this website is cool. I'd be willing to bet less than 10% of the browsing public even knows what flash is.

    they're not going to willingly switch technologies that they don't know about.
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