When I went to the LTPact convention in Las Vegas earlier this year, I saw a group of enthusiastic partners and a company that wants them to succeed. At that event, I was able to meet both Michael Platner and Karen Sesona and as Microsoft is also a partner with Layered Technologies, we wanted to find ways to work better together. As an evangelist for Microsoft’s Communications Sector, I am tasked with explaining Microsoft’s latest technologies and we came up with the idea of guest-blogging here on the Layered Tech Community Blog. Although I have a blog already at http://blogs.msdn.com/synergist, we thought that the hosting vendors that Layered Tech supports would be a great community to get hooked into.
I will be participating in this blog as a guest blogger and welcome any feedback – good and bad – about Microsoft’s products and services. My team and I will also be watching the Layered Tech Forums to answer questions that arise from web hosting with Microsoft’s technologies.
One of the technologies that I have been talking alot about is Silverlight, Microsoft’s cross-platform browser plug-in for Media Playback and Rich Internet Applications. This is applicable to Web Hosting companies because the technology is totally server-agnostic: you could host your Silverlight application and media on any server that you want: IIS, LAMP, Sun, UNIX, etc. I have written extensively on my blog about Silverlight and I would love to talk to web hosting companies about the specific issues for them around hosting Silverlight content and applications:
- streaming vs progressive download
- MIME Types
- Integrating with Web Analytics
- Media formats.
- Additional services that you can offer around Silverlight
Are you interested in attending a LiveMeeting webinar later this month (September 2007) about Silverlight for Web Hosting companies?
If so, please send me a message.