As in 2009, in 2010 both IIS Smooth Streaming and Expression Encoder are Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards finalists. With votes cast by over 7,000 voters, each of these Microsoft offerings has made it to the top 3 of categories “Encoding Software under $1,000” and “Server Hardware/Software.”

Join the Silverlight Team at the Streaming Media West conference Nov. 1-3 in Los Angeles, CA for sessions on “Live Streaming with Microsoft Silverlight and Windows Server” and “Best Practices for Video Encoding with Microsoft Expression Encoder.” See details below.

Microsoft customers can go to https://secure.infotoday.com/forms/default.aspx?form=smw2010 and use discount code VIPMIC for a full $200 off regularly priced conference passes.

Sessions we’re doing:

Monday, November 1, 2010

9:00 am -12:00pm

SM2: Live Streaming With Microsoft Silverlight and Windows Server

Whether inside the firewall or across the web, Silverlight allows you to reach your end users across a wide range of platforms, browsers, devices, and network conditions. Learn how to get started with Silverlight to deliver live events, when to use traditional Windows Media streaming, and when to select HTTP adaptive streaming with IIS Smooth Streaming. Find out about deployment costs, performance, and best practices. Finally, see demonstrations of the latest technologies, including customizable media players, live encoding, low-latency, and multicast adaptive streaming.

Chris Knowlton, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

2:45 pm - 3:30 pm

B105: Best Practices for Video Encoding With Microsoft Expression Encoder

Come hear about the latest codecs and encoding techniques to deliver the best quality video for your customers, to the PC, TV and mobile devices. We'll take an in-depth look at Expression Encoder to explain the tradeoffs between quality and speed, how to take advantage of adaptive bitrate technologies, and how to differentiate your content from the competition while reaching the widest possible audience.

Jamie Lang, Senior Program Manager, Expression Encoder, Microsoft

About:

IIS Smooth Streaming

IIS Smooth Streaming enables uninterrupted streaming to Silverlight and other clients via HTTP, up to true HD (720p+). The quality level for each user seamlessly shifts as needed to adapt to changing bandwidth and playback conditions.

Watch: Behind the Scenes with Silverlight and IIS at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver

Read: IIS Smooth Streaming Case Studies

Expression Encoder

Expression Encoder is an advanced application for bringing your edited video project to the web for high-quality playback in Microsoft Silverlight scenarios.

Read: Microsoft Expression Encoder Captures Surprisingly Good HD Screencasts