Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, released on Monday a test version of its new Silverlight online media platform, a rival to Adobe Systems Inc.'s dominant Flash player.
At Microsoft's MIX 07 conference for Web developers and designers, the company said it will also offer a companion service that allows streaming video for Silverlight.
Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's chief software architect, said in a keynote speech that the company will open up its database infrastructure to Web developers who want to store their video on Microsoft's servers and storage systems.
The company said it will store and host up to 4 gigabytes of video for Web developers.
Microsoft's announcements at MIX 07 highlight its "software plus services," a strategy aimed at enhancing its desktop software with services delivered over the Internet.
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