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Microsoft vs. Adobe: Silverlight vs. Flash, Expression vs. Creative Suite

23 December 2010 No Comment

Flash vs. Silverlight: a useful technical comparison here at Smashingmagazine. And the winner by category:

Animation – Silverlight
File size – Flash
Scripting – Silverlight
Video/Audio – Silverlight
Sound processing – Flash
Accessibility – Flash
Platform compatibility – Flash
Text representation/SEO – Silverlight
Supported image formats – Flash
Socket programming – Flash
Webcam support – Flash
Deployment – Flash
Windows application – Flash
Media streaming – Silverlight

Other Adobe vs. Microsoft face-offs:

Silverlight vs. Flex C# is a real OO language vs. ActionScript which is not. Flex looks better.
Illustrator vs. Expression Design Expression Design is not a head-to-head competitor with Illustrator as a standalone graphics editor, just a handy XAML-friendly tool to use with Expression Blend.

Coming Soon:
Dreamweaver vs. Expression Web
Bridge vs. Expression Media
Adobe Media Encoder vs. Expression Encoder

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