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Google Chrome’s jittered JavaScript kills Silverlight

The biggest rival for Microsoft’s next-generation Silverlight Web technology will be JavaScript, not Adobe’s ubiquitous Flash, according to experts speaking at Microsoft’s Tech.Ed conference in Sydney this morning.

“I think that the next 18 months we’re going to see a 100 to 1,000 fold speed increase in JavaScript as Google and the guys at Mozilla are going to kick us all in the arse and make our JavaScript jittered,” Microsoft senior program manager Scott Hanselman told the audience, days after Google released its Chrome browser, which features faster JavaScript technology.

“Now Google has stepped up and released a browser with jittered JavaScript and JavaVM, making this really, really, really fast,” he said.

The consultant said that whenever he thought people had reached a limit about what could be done inside a browser using just JavaScript, some “cool JavaScript writer” came up and showed him how to do more.

“It’s going to be hard to tell if it’s going to be Silverlight or JavaScript we’re going to use for our applications,” he said. “I think in the end JavaScript is going to be a bigger competitor to Silverlight than Flash is.”

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