Silverlight Streaming to be discontinued: new Azure service coming

1072.liveservices_thumb_497a7f10 Featured News 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?