Tomorrow President Elect Barack Obama will be sworn in as our 44th president of the United States of America. The inauguration will be in Washington DC at the Capitol at 12 noon EST (UTC –500).
On the technology front it is interesting that the even will be streamed live on the internet via Microsoft Silverlight at Presidential Inauguration Committee. This is another big notch in Microsoft’s belt for Silverlight over Adobe Flash. Silverlight was selected to broadcast the 2008 Olympics over the internet (largest internet multimedia event ever), broadcast Barack Obama’s nomination at the Democratic National Committee, and now what promises to be the most watched presidential inauguration ever.
I know that a lot more people will be watching the noon time event since it will be streamed on the internet. My co-workers and I will be watching on the internet, since we will be at work and there is no TV available. The fact that it will be streamed on the internet means that I will be able to watch it live rather than recoding on my DVR then watching when I come home.
This is a very exciting time for technology indeed. Microsoft’s Silverlight is proving that it lives up to the hype and over time people in the planning side of these events will select it more and more as the technology of choice due to its unmatched quality of service, and lower total operating costs per stream, and cross platform client side experience. Take a look here for some more information on Silverlight.