Obama chooses Silverlight

I almost called this post ‘The politics of technology’, but thought better of it.

Just found out via Mashable that Obama’s administration has chosen to steam the swearing-in ceremony on their site. For some reason, rather than offering up the steam in several available technologies, they’ve decided to PROUDLY announce that it will be streamed via Microsoft Silverlight.

It’s curious to me why the administration would chose a technology most people don’t have. I guess that while Silverlight is not good enough for the American pastime (see MLB switching to Flash), it’s good enough for the next president.

Obama Silverlight

Serge Jespers explores a bit further why the technology might have been chosen.

Ted also has a nifty chart on the adoption of Flash vs Sliverlight.


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  1. Michael 19. Jan, 2009 at 8:46 pm #

    I’d be very surprised if Microsoft didn’t offer Obama a mountain of cash for this opportunity. I’ve heard of a few projects that have enjoyed the bitter-sweet taste of the Silverlight cheque book.

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