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It's Apple versus Adobe in a winner-take-all battle for multimedia supremacy on your smartphone, tablet, and personal computer. That's been the narrative since Steve Jobs famously dissed Adobe's Flash platform as "a closed system" back in 2010 and hitched Apple's star to the HTML5 multimedia standard for Web browsers.
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With the release of Silverlight 1.0 and its subsequent versions, a debate started among designers and developers regarding choosing between Flash and Silverlight. Silverlight faces difficulties in capturing the market because of the maturity of Flash. However, Silverlight has managed to keep up by including certain features that designers and developers have always wanted to see in Flash, such as search engine optimization. In this article, we will discuss some of the technical differences between Flash and Silverlight to help you choose the technology that best suits your needs.