Web sites will be able to get improved bandwidth management for streaming media using a new extension to the Microsoft Internet Information Services 7.0 (IIS7) Web server. The extension, announced last week, is called "IIS Smooth Streaming."
The technology for Smooth Streaming is derived from Microsoft's Silverlight multimedia platform, according to Scott Guthrie, Microsoft's corporate vice president of the .NET Developer Division.
Smooth Streaming will be available in beta release early next year, the Swiss MSDN Team Blog explained on Monday. IIS Smooth Streaming will be a free extension to IIS7.
Microsoft Expression Encoder 2 SP1 also will support IIS Smooth Streaming with encoding and publishing functionalities, Microsoft announced last week.
The new "intelligent streaming media feature" will dynamically adjust the video quality of a media file playing on Microsoft Silverlight in real time, based on bandwidth and CPU throughput.