Last week Microsoft announced a new Web server technology, called Internet Information Services 7.0 (IIS7.0) Smooth Streaming. Smooth Streaming is a new extension for Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0, enables adaptive streaming of media to Silverlight clients via HTTP. Smooth Streaming is able to dynamically detects and seamlessly switches, in real time, the video quality of a media file that a Silverlight player receives based on local bandwidth and CPU conditions. Consumers with high bandwidth connections can experience HD quality streaming while others with lower bandwidth speeds receive the appropriate stream for their connectivity, allowing consumers across the board to enjoy a consistent high quality streaming experience.
At the same time Microsoft announced the availability of Microsoft Expression Encoder 2 SP1, which supports IIS Smooth Streaming encoding and is available for download at www.microsoft.com/expression.
More information can be found at http://blogs.iis.net/bills/archive/2008/10/28/iis7-smooth-streaming-announced-in-partnership-with-akamai.aspx.