Silverlight's second mover advantage

20 November 2009

In Silverlight vs. Flex, Jon Galloway talks about Silverlight's second mover advantage:

"Just as Microsoft built a "better Java" with .NET, they're able to look at how you'd design a rich internet application framework from scratch. They have the advantage of knowing how people use the web today, something the inventors of Flash could never have accurately guessed. Flash can add features, but they can't realistically chuck the platform and start over."

This is indeed a very big advantage, and Microsoft certainly knows how to market a new product. Therefore, I wouldn't be surprised that Silverlight will overtake Flex, just as their .NET framework did with Java.


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