David J. Roh

I apologize in advance ¨C I am sure this question has been answered somewhere.

One of the strong advantages of Flash is that it is installed on so many machines. I think WPF/E is great (I just don¡¯t know why it took Microsoft so long to get to this point); however, the WPF/E browser enhancement is installed on very few machines which means that if I use WPF/E my customers are going to be reluctant to download the WPF/E enhancement which is a real problem.

The solution is to make WPF/E a Windows Update item which means it will get installed on a large number of machines and I can be competitive with Flash.

I realize that Microsoft is at CTP; however, I feel that it is urgent that Microsoft start adding the WPF/E browser enhancement as part of the Windows Update as soon as possible. - david



Re: Silverlight (formerly WPF/E) General Discussion Add the WPF/E browser enhancement as part of the Windows Update as soon as possible

Bryant Likes

I really doubt you will see this as a required windows update. That is the kind of thing that got MS in trouble with the DOJ before.

I think the install base will probably pick up pretty quickly as it is such a small download. It will be interesting to see how it plays out though.





Re: Silverlight (formerly WPF/E) General Discussion Add the WPF/E browser enhancement as part of the Windows Update as soon as possible

Michael Schwarz - MVP

Hi David,

WPF/E will not be installed on the clients via Windows Update, maybe it could be there as an optional download like the .NET Framework is optional. What I know is that the installation procedure will be made a lot more easier than it is currently with the CTP where you have to download a file and install it. Microsoft told me that they want to make the installation as much easy it is working on all plattforms (web browsers), maybe like we already have it with other plug-ins today.

So, I don't think that it will be a problem in the future to not have it preinstalled when you open a web page containing WPF/E.

Regards,
Michael






Re: Silverlight (formerly WPF/E) General Discussion Add the WPF/E browser enhancement as part of the Windows Update as soon as possible

Michael Schwarz - MVP

If Microsoft would put it as an required Windows update Microsoft could get in trouble with the EU, you know the problems in the past that I cannot understand, but is the fact today. But as I wrote in my answer Microsoft is working hard on a very easy and quickly installation if the plug-in is missing. That is the reason for WPF/E compared to WPF where you have to install 50 MB for the .NET 3.0 Framework.

Michael






Re: Silverlight (formerly WPF/E) General Discussion Add the WPF/E browser enhancement as part of the Windows Update as soon as possible

David J. Roh

The problem that I am worried about is not how easy it is to download but rather just general reluctance and security worries. I passed over installing Flash many times before I reluctantly downloaded it.

When a consumer browses to a web site that requires any type of download, I believe the strong tendency will be to move on to another web site.

I do agree that it should be an optional update ¨C I would not want to be forced to install it.

I think WPF/E has tremendous potential for Microsoft¡¯s future. I would like to see Microsoft spend some serious money in promoting WPF/E ¨C I think there would be excellent ROI. - david





Re: Silverlight (formerly WPF/E) General Discussion Add the WPF/E browser enhancement as part of the Windows Update as soon as possible

Seema Ramchandani MSFT

Glad to see all the interest in WPFe. Our download/update story is still under internal design, and we'll take your feedback/scenarios into discussion.

-SeemaR