I’ve had the same question asked a few times recently about the rate of Silverlight adoption so I thought I’d try and give some hard and fast figures as well as point to some useful references in case anyone comes here looking for information after our recent “Rich Clients” events.
From the October 08 launch to January 09 Silverlight 2 had been downloaded and installed on more than 300 million machines and as of January 09 more than 1 in 4 computers has Silverlight installed. Remember, this is only 4 months after the release of Silverlight 2. Expect to hear more information about Silverlight adoption at MIX from 18th-20th March.
ScottGu has a great post on Silverlight 2 and an early look at Silverlight 3 from November which talked a bit about adoption. Tim Sneath wrote an excellent response to Adobe’s commentary on Silverlight which also includes some adoption numbers.
On top of that, we have great examples of Silverlight being chosen for hugely important scenarios eg:
- I always mention NBCOlympics.com but can never remember the details so here goes; during the 17 days of the 2008 Olympics Games in Beijing, NBCOlympics.com received more than 50 million unique visitors, resulting in 1.3 billion page views, 70 million video streams and 600 million minutes of video were watched, increasing the average time on the site (from 3mins to 27mins)
- The Presidential Inaugural Committee chose Silverlight to enable live and on-demand video streaming of the official inauguration ceremony of President Obama
- BSkyB enabled their Sky Player online TV service with Silverlight DRM powered by PlayReady
- ITV have an enhanced Silverlight 2 media player
Silverlight has created a huge amount of buzz and interest since it was first announced. I don’t see that level of interest dropping off at all. If anything, it’s accelerating. Onwards and upwards…