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The universal Web is hard to do

Sitting in the keynote for the Mix07 conference, I got intrigued by some of the demos of Silverlight (which is one of the reasons I wanted to come to this). All throughout people like Ray Ozzie have been talking about how its is part of the “univeral web” and can run both on the Mac and other browsers. I happen to to be using a Mac hear (in fact David Crow has the only other that I've seen) and am using Firefox, so…

I go the the Silverlight streaming service and click on a movie trailer link which took me to a page prompting me to download the plugin. Then, I click to download and get prompted to download an “exe” file which, any Windows person knows is an executable program — for Windows. Tried again, and it was still an “exe” file still.

To be fair, the universal web is hard to do, and just after typing this up, I tried one more time. Someone had flicked the switch and I got the Mac app. Here’s to a good install.