Democrats name Microsoft ‘official software and HD Web content provider’ of convention

“The Democratic National Convention Committee announced Monday that Microsoft will be the ‘official software and HD Web content provider’ for the convention, which runs August 25-28 in Denver. The move is a vote of confidence for Silverlight, which is in a battle against incumbent Adobe Flash,” Ina Fried reports for CNET.

“The software maker will power real-time online voting systems for delegates as well as live, gavel-to-gavel streaming coverage of the event at DemConvention.com,” Fried reports. “‘Silverlight multimedia applications will provide an all-access pass for the Convention’s online audience, offering an unprecedented opportunity for viewers to individually tailor their Convention experiences,’ the party and Microsoft said in a statement.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Mike in Helsinki” for the heads up.]

191 Comments

  1. You can trust a Democrat to be a Democrat. Who would think with all the hype that liberals choose Apple over Microsoft that they would officially choose Microsoft. They truly get the chaos they deserve!

  2. ” Unregistered Blahger
    I’ve noticed there hasn’t been a political story completely irrelevant to apple recently…”

    Yeah, MDN tends to throw out these political nothings when their hit counters are running low for the month.

  3. So much for Macs being the choice of Democrats. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”raspberry” style=”border:0;” />

    And WTF anyway, doesn’t Al Gore have any more influence than that??

    Then again there might be a HUGE opportunity for Mac users to save the day grassroots-style, when the MS stuff doesn’t work.

  4. A History Lesson

    SOME OF US ARE NOT OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER THAT NEARLY EVERY FAMILY IN AMERICA WAS GROSSLY AFFECTED BY WW II. MOST OF YOU DON’T REMEMBER THE RATIONING OF MEAT, SHOES, GASOLINE AND SUGAR – NO TIRES FOR OUR AUTOMOBILES AND A SPEED LIMIT OF 35 MILES AN HOUR ON THE ROAD, NOT TO MENTION, NO NEW AUTOMOBILES. READ THIS AND THINK ABOUT HOW WE WOULD REACT TO BEING TAKEN OVER BY FOREIGNERS IN 2008.

    Historical Significance

    Sixty-three years ago, Nazi Germany had overrun almost all of Europe and hammered England to the verge of bankruptcy and defeat. The Nazis had sunk more than 400 British ships in their convoys between England and America taking food and war materials.

    At that time, the US was in an isolationist, pacifist mood, and most Americans wanted nothing to do with the European or the Asian war.

    Then along came Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and in outrage, Congress unanimously declared war on Japan — and the following day on Germany, who had not yet attacked us. It was a dicey thing because we had few allies.

    France was not an ally, as the Vichy government of France quickly aligned itself with its German occupiers. Germany was certainly not an ally, as Hitler was intent on setting up a Thousand Year Reich in Europe. Japan was not an ally, as it was we ll on its way to owning and controlling all of Asia.

    Together, Japan and Germany had long-range plans of invading Canada and Mexico as launching pads to get into the United States over our northern and southern borders, after they finished gaining control of Asia and Europe.

    America ‘s only allies then were England, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, Australia and Russia. That was about all of Europe, from Norway to Italy (except Russia in the East) as was already under the Nazi heel.

    The US was certainly not prepared for war. We had drastically downgraded most of our military forces after WW I because of the depression, so that at the outbreak of WW II, Army units were training with broomsticks because they didn’t have guns, and cars with “tank” painted on the doors because they didn’t have real tanks. A huge chunk of our Navy had just been sunk or damaged at Pearl Harbor.

    Britain had already gone bankrupt, saved only b y the donation of $600 million in gold bullion to the Bank of England (that was actually the property of Belgium) given by Belgium to England to carry on the war when Belgium was overrun by Hitler (a little known fact).

    Actually, Belgium surrendered on day one because it was unable to oppose the German invasion, and the Germans bombed Brussels into rubble the next day just to prove they could.

    Britain had already been holding out for two years in the face of staggering losses and the near decimation of its Royal Air Force in the Battle of Britain. It was saved from being overrun by Germany only because Hitler made the mistake of thinking the Brits were a relatively minor threat that could be dealt with later. Hitler, first turned his attention to Russia, in the late summer of 1940 at a time when England was on the verge of collapse.

    Ironically, Russia saved America’s butt by putting up a desperate fight for two years, until the US g ot geared up to begin hammering away at Germany.

    Russia lost something like 24,000,000 people in the sieges of Stalingrad and Moscow alone – 90% of them from cold and starvation, mostly civilians, but also more than a 1,000,000 soldiers.

    Had Russia surrendered, Hitler would have been able to focus his entire war effort against the Brits, then America. If that had happened, the Nazis could possibly have won the war!

    All of this has been brought out to illustrate that turning points in history are often dicey things. Now, we find ourselves at another one of those key moments in history.

  5. I’m smelling something – could it be a large, corrupt, monopolistic corporation trying to stay in the good graces of whoever wins the elections this year?

    MW: money – how apt. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

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