In my previous blog post I outlined some new commercial terms for Windows Live services that we announced at Mix. These are important because they give developers simple clarity on how they can use our services - and of course because the terms are so generous.
Oh, and this is all good news, I don't think you'll get any nasty surprises from the following :-). So here goes:
The more I hear about this stuff the better it gets. What the Windows Live team has done here is really set the bar in terms of generosity of service use and clarity of the conditions. And the good thing is the deeper you look into it the better it gets, contrary people's expectations. This is terrific stuff.
If we buy microsoft expression studio which allows silverlight development - do we then have to pay extra (after beta) to use silverlight. The costs really do mount up.
And also, if we have to buy Visual Studio Orcas in order to develope using silverlight because Visual studio 2005 does not support it, then thats another extra cost. Espcially if some companies have just upgraded from VS 2003 to VS 2005.
I hope I win the lottery this month.
I would love it that I am completely wrong about the pricing etc, however, I don't think this is the case. Unless I have missunderstood your above post.
Yet, keep up the good work, as from what I have seen so far is excellent.
Hi Mark - actually you can develop for Silverlight using notepad if you wish. The tools make it easier but they aren't mandatory.
And by the way you don't need to pay to use Silverlight at all. Just like the .NET Framework it's completely free.
Ah ok, thanks for the reply. You mention the silverlight streaming will be free while it is in beta? What will be the charges out of beta. Will you be charged on for example the amount of data streamed using silverlight per month?
Anyword on whether it will be built in with VS 2005 Pro, or whether we will need to buy Orcas to take full advantage?
After it launches you get (a frankly incredible) 1 million minutes of streaming per month *free*, and with no advertising and no branding from us.
And if you're prepared to accept advertising even this limit doesn't apply - it will be free for unlimited use, and still at that 700 KB/s deliver speed if you want it.
Take a look at http://dev.live.com/silverlight/ for details.
I'll get back to you re VS2005 support.
Any news on the VS2005 support?
The blob is really quiet since the competition ended and everyone (well nearly everyone) received their prizes!
Hi Mark - I have an answer, just getting full details before I publish. I'll probably post a new entry.
And yes it's nice and quiet :-). People are still reading the blog according to the numbers but aren't commenting as much, which is fine by me.
Have you received all the data for the VS2005 support yet?
Sorry for nagging. :D
As soon as I have it I'll post an entry about it. It takes a while because of the timezone issues with the US, but I'll get the answer....
Ok cool, will look forward to the new post. I am watching my RSS feed on my Vista Gadget bar as I type :D
Mark - the answer I have for you is "We are targeting Visual Studio codenamed 'Orcas' for Silverlight development". I can't add anything to that statement at this time.
When we get to the stage where I can expand on that statement further I'll do so.
I'm about to start work on a major VOD project, really undecided about whether Silverlight or Flash, the post-beta cost worry me slightly, also how much would upgraded storage be ? Flash streaming hosting works out at £5,000 a year with scale, if I convince people to push our users into a Silverlight update, will we see a saving for our effort ?
I'm personally very tempted by silverlight development, although a bit sad there's no affordable option for expression studio ! The coding side is beautiful, but there are still some holes !