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Broadcasting with Microsoft's Video and Audio

The 800-pound gorilla stomping through the park is Microsoft. Its video and audio solutions have come a long way from the humble beginnings of AVI files in the early '90s.

Microsoft pulls the following video and audio technologies together at Windows Media Services:

  • Windows Media Player
  • Windows Media Server
  • Windows Media Encoder tools
  • Windows Media API

Microsoft has done a very good job of pulling together the tools you need. The only downside is that the tools all require Microsoft Servers and Clients. This may not be an issue for you; if not, go knock yourself out. You'll find that the tools are relatively easy to work with and you can go a long way with them.

If you need to work with vendors on Macs and other devices such as Linux, you have to look at alternative solutions.

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