Silverlight Streaming to be discontinued: new Azure service coming

By Kip Kniskern | In Featured, News | Posted October 18, 2009 7 comments

liveservices In a move that should surprise no one (in case you were wondering why we didn’t use Silverlight Streaming to host video after Soapbox closed), Silverlight Streaming, a Windows Live beta service for hosting Silverlight audio and video content, is being discontinued.  A blog post today on the Silverlight Streaming blog (first post since March), summarizes the changes:

  • Microsoft Silverlight Streaming by Windows Live Beta is being discontinued and will eventually be taken down
  • A new Windows® Azure-based hosting and delivery service will be launched by the end of 2009, though this is not a direct replacement for Silverlight Streaming and will have costs associated with its use
  • You can access, retrieve and if desired remove your content that is currently hosted on Silverlight Streaming by following the instructions below
  • Key dates and information about the availability of the new Windows Azure functionality, and when the existing Silverlight Streaming beta service will be taken down, will be communicated in the coming weeks
  • More details on how to pull any content you may have off the service are detailed in the post.

    We’re expecting to hear more about Live Services in general, and now this new Azure service in particular at PDC, which is only a month away now.  Just for posterity, here’s the description of Silverlight Streaming from the website:

    Microsoft® Silverlight™ Streaming by Windows Live™ is a companion service for Silverlight that makes it easier for developers and designers to deliver and scale rich media as part of their Silverlight applications. The service offers web designers and developers a free (*) and convenient solution for hosting and streaming cross-platform, cross-browser media experiences and rich interactive applications that run on Windows™ and Mac. Combined with the ability to create content with Microsoft® Expression and other 3rd party tools, web designers and content publishers wishing to integrate Silverlight applications into their online properties can enjoy complete control of the end user experience.

    And yes we have some content to pull off SLS.  Isn’t supporting Windows Live beta services fun?

    Posted October 18th, 2009 at 5:45 am
    • yertthedestroyer

      Just use YouTube for the time being, and have a local backup just in case. Anyways, I wonder if Microsoft owns some fiber like Google so that it can trade capacity for streaming content too?

    • Kip Kniskern

      YouTube still borks our .wmv files, as you can see here: (ff a bit to get it in all its unsynced glory). Google says they’re working on a fix, but are apparently taking their time on it. We used Vimeo for our latest interview (exact same file) with no issues.

    • JohnCz

      I can’t say that I am surprised with the rebranding/relocation since the existing service doesn’t address the consumer market that Windows Live targets.
      Where is that Wave 4 Beta though?

    • paperlock

      It looks like microsoft shuting down all of there video services so what are they going two replace all video one partner or are they going use multable video service web site.So whats going happen with windows live gallery.And im control.

    • JoeM

      This is very bad, will there be a ads version of the new version? Silverlight streaming right now pays you when someone clicks on an ad.
      Any ideas?

    • joeale

      What video service are we going have use with windows live services.And going happen with windows live gallery.Next what going with Windows Live Personalized Experience
      Windows live wave 4 when will it start any body have any news.

    • Derek Mclaughlin

      hope this transition out for silverlight means that Azure will have a longer lifespan.