According to Rob Perogaro of Washington Post, one of the major snatch for Microsoft on Silverlight technology, MLB.com, decided to ditch it for Adobe’s Flash technology.
It’s just another road block Microsoft has to navigate around for Silverlight technology. I would say Silverlight is dead yet, but so far, I haven’t seen any need to install Silverlight (or Moonlight) in the one-and-a-half years since its launch.
Perogaro is delighted that it does not have to install yet another plugin to see his favourite MLB game. I’m sure a lot of people will share his delight. The million dollar question is whether the plugin download is the real stumbling block, or is it an excuse for failure. I think it is an excuse, if one chooses to blame this departure from Silverlight. To me, it is not that big a deal as it is a one-time-only installation steps and for the majority of users, i.e., Windows user, it is a straight forward installation. Let’s not forget that one have to do the same for flash player too. The games I thought, would make this worthwhile.