While Google, Yahoo! and AOL are focused on advertising-based business models around online video, Microsoft is advancing into the area it knows the best; software and services. Seeking a big piece of the emerging field for video streaming and the demand for HD video, Microsoft is expanding the ecosystem for Silverlight, the new rich-media Web plug-in.   

On Tuesday, Microsoft and Akamai announced a program to provide dynamic web video streaming — providing high quality video in Silverlight matched the user’s Internet connection and computer processing speed.

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