REDMOND, WA –  Regardless of how fast your broadband connection is, Microsoft plans to deliver consistently high quality,  "smooth streaming" of the Winder Olympics with adaptive streaming technology, a system that delivers video tailored to the connection speed and CPU power of the end user.

NBC Sports is using Microsoft's Silverlight to stream the Vancouver Games. 

Microsoft is teaming with Akamai to deliver the video files.  

Earlier today, via Skype hook-up, we spoke with Microsoft principal evangelist Jason Suess who said the system is designed to deliver high quality video for connections from 400kbs to 3.5mbs.  

Much more on Microsoft and adaptive streaming of the Olympics by Ina Fried of CNET  Big feature about technology around NBC Sports operations by Glen Dickson at B&C.

Andy Plesser, Executive Producer