It’s all about the applications. If you remember this was the reason Microsoft beat Apple in the first round of the computer wars. Steve Jobs did a masterful job with the iPhone and iPad (round two), building an incredible application ecosystem to support the devices.
Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang and Sanjay Jha, CEO of Motorola Mobility are simply confirming this well know fact in the article.
My advice to anyone (including Microsoft) who wants to build a new ecosystem or revive an existing community – Focus on the things that developers care about. When you break it down to the lowest common denominator, it’s really only about two things 1) Money and 2) Ego. Developers are either building an applications because it’s their job (or they are looking for ways to make additional revenue) or they are attempting to satisfy their creative “id.”
Sign-up for the Junos Space Webcast on February 24, 2011. We will show you how to create intelligent network-aware applications easily and economically. Hope to see you on-line on the 24th. You can register at http://www.juniper.net/us/en/community/junos/live/
I’ve always been a big fan of ScottGu and the work his team has done around Silverlight. Now Juniper has come-up with a solution that will allow developers to take adaptive streaming to the next level.
The ability to deliver content to multiple screens is rapidly becoming a requirement for broadband and television service providers such as cable and IPTV operators, as well as content providers themselves. However, delivering content to multiple devices over the Internet requires a different approach than that of traditional TV and video on demand (VOD). Variables in device capabilities and connection quality mean that multiscreen content delivery requires adaptive bit-rate streaming—the ability of the video to adjust in response to changing conditions. This is what Media Flow brings to the table.
Media Flow Publisher provides HTTP adaptive stream content segmentation, packaging, and metadata support for industry leading formats, including Apple HTTP Adaptive Streaming, Microsoft Smooth Streaming (Silverlight), and Adobe HTTP Dynamic Streaming (Flash). Media Flow Publisher can ingest multiple H.264 video streams or files (live or on demand) and publish the content for adaptive stream delivery, with the associated metadata, in any of these formats. Additionally, Media Flow Publisher can convert content between Microsoft, Adobe, and Apple adaptive stream formats if you like.
Learning more at http://www.juniper.net/us/en/local/pdf/datasheets/1000344-en.pdf.
Microsoft built Server and Tools from practically nowhere some 10 years ago and truly leveraged their client strengths to muscle into a difficult space, Hilwa explained, adding that they sell servers to leverage their growth in SharePoint and Office Communication Servers, which are great growth drivers. “They have also benefited from a good rebound in IT spend in the Enterprise while being largely insulated from the ups and downs of the consumer sector,” Hilwa said. “Finally, in the last few quarters they have had excellent comparisons with some of the worst quarters in the server business earlier in 2009.”