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But Adobe is not sitting still, milking its dominant position. The company is fighting back by spreading Flash to tons of new hardware platforms. Wherever you look for a netbook computer this year, Adobe hopes that the media presentation and general widgetry on it will depend on Flash technology. Separate announcements from chip designers Sigma Designs
That kind of support across different hardware platforms is something that Silverlight can't equally match today. Given Adobe's strong head start, it's likely that Mr. Softy will play catch-up here for a long time. Before this becomes a case of the Matthew Principle -- "For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him," Matthew 13:12 -- Redmond might need to reconsider this Sisyphean project, regardless of the occasional high-profile client win.
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