Need I say more?
OK, this is it. Ever since the Firm™ first started operating I was proud of the fact that we had some seriously good streaming set up. Windows media services 4.1 on our server and Windows media encoder at the source -it worked perfect. The fact that most of PCs have had Windows media player installed together with WIN200 and later WIN XP, only helped me widen my smile.
And until recently Windows Media solutions were one thing which in my view really moved Microsoft into the “good guys” area. I mean – the encoder is free, the server is not utterly pocket-crippling either, and the whole package acutally works. What more do you want?
And then they fuck it up big time with Windows Media Player 11… I mean I understand that thecnology moves forward, but why on Earth can’t it be backward compatible? Why did they have to drop the MMS protocol? I have nothing against RTSP protocol, in fact I like it a lot since mobile phones use it and it made my life a lot simpler when I was setting up our mobile streaming.
But why drop a perfectly good protocol especially if Widows Media Services don’t support RTSP? Is Microsoft really trying to shoot itself into the knee?
In my opinion it has already done so. If something is not done quickly with WMP 11, it will follow the path of Netscape’s 4.xx browser. I’ve never ranted agains a certain piece of software, but this change for the worse is simply incomprehensible to me. Thus I’m left with a shitload of work, trying to migrate to WIN2003 server – which supports RTSP – as soon as possible. Fuck….