But what is Flash doing there at all? Microsoft's 2007 Annual Report trumpets that the company "introduced Microsoft Silverlight, which enables developers to create rich, interactive media experiences and applications for the Web." Silverlight shipped more than four months ago; there is plenty of documentation, including tutorials on Microsoft's own Web site. Even some Flash developers are enchanted by Silverlight's capabilities.
Despite all that, Microsoft -- or to be specific, the people who built the annual report -- decided to use Flash instead of Silverlight. I'm extremely curious as to why. Was it due to a lack of in-house expertise in Silverlight? Was a four-month development cycle too short for the annual report Web site? Did the developers decide to use a mature technology for their annual report? Or was it just a big embarrassing mistake, a missed opportunity to show that anything Flash can do, Silverlight can do better?