"1- Adobe Shockwave Player is for playing online games."Yes
it is for playing online games as well as the small games which are downloaded from websites[eg. Miniclip.com] "2- Do you say that it's recommended to install v10 of Adobe Shockwave Player instead of v11?"Latest version
is always preferred. "3- I can use Adobe Air instead of Silverlight."Yes Adobe Air
instead of Silverlight BUT
some websites still support SilverlightLightweight plug-in
Streams high resolution and HD video
Smooth streaming support
Silverlight has probably missed the boat :(as far as Web 2.0 goes, although there's probably no way you can avoid it since there will always be some websites that opt to stream content with Silverlight rather than Flash.
"so what is Adobe Air"
It is called Adobe Integrated Run time
. It is used to run Flash based and RIA [For meaning see next post]
based Desktop clients.
You might be wondering why we need AIR, even though we have Flash Player Installed in our machine.
Actually Adobe Provided a Software called Adobe Flex Builder
to build RIA very fast. The core libraries are Flash Libraries only. But on top of those libraries they built components, charts to Build flash websites very easily. To run these websites we need Flash Player.
But there is also an option for creating desktop applications, where they can be installed on to your machine and run as normal windows applications. The good thing here is whatever you can do with flash, you can do on this windows. These applications are called AIR/Desktop/Offline Applications.
To run these applications we need AIR run time. It's a super set of Flash player libraries plus some Other libraries. "What is Silverlight Used for?"Effects
Microsoft Silverlight played an influential role by providing live on-demand video streaming of the Democratic National Convention and the Olympics on the Internet.Features
Microsoft Silverlight has a Deep Zoom feature, which allows you to keep zooming in on the picture without distorting it.Considerations
Netflix uses Microsoft Silverlight to deliver on-demand movies via the Internet to its customers. Some customers had complained the streaming video was choppy and grainy. Microsoft fixed this problem by releasing an upgrade.Function
Microsoft Silverlight allows you to create and deliver content to mobile devices.Significance
Microsoft Silverlight delivers high-definition video and rich interactive applications on multiple platforms, including Windows, MAC and Linux.Famous Ties
Microsoft has collaborated with CBS and the National Collegiate Athletic Association to stream video of the March Madness basketball championship.Streaming:--
Data streaming, commonly seen in the forms of audio and video streaming, is when a multimedia file can be played back without being completely downloaded first. Most files, like shareware and software updates that you download off the Internet, are not streaming data. However, certain audio and video files like Real Audio and QuickTime documents can be streaming files, meaning you can watch a video or listen to a sound file while it's being downloaded to your computer. With a fast Internet connection, you can actually stream live audio or video to your computer.:Are they for watching online TV channels: [AIR & Silverlight]
Yes for online streaming of Videos,Movies,TV Channels,just an alternative
for Adobe Flash.