The New York Times recently launched version 2.0 of their Times Reader for Windows, Mac, and Linux, developed using Adobe’s AIR and Flex. This is available for download from the NY Times’ Time Reader 2.0 site or Adobe’s Marketplace.
The previous version of Times Reader was developed using Microsoft’s Silverlight and Windows Presentation Format (WPF). While this worked well on Windows PCs, its Mac version received poor feedback, as you can see in many of these comments on the NY Times official website . Moreover, there was no Linux version of this Reader available, since Microsoft’s technology doesn’t support the Linux Platform. We believe those reasons could have contributed to NY Times’ decision to select Adobe AIR for their next release.
We are not sure if Siverlight is good enough for development of eLearning. We are researching and experimenting with the use of Silverlight for developing eLearning content; we would soon be sharing our experiences through a blog post.
If you have experience in using Silverlight for eLearning, please do write in to share your thoughts.