Microsoft to Automate ‘Avalon’ Coding With ‘Sparkle’: What a lot of people don’t remember is that when Flash came out, back when it was called FutreSplash, Microsoft saw the writing on the wall and tried to shut down Flash before it started with something called LiquidMotion. It died hard and fast.
“Watch out, Macromedia. Here comes Microsoft ‘Sparkle.’ According to press reports, Sparkle is an animation toolset that will likely emerge as part of the Longhorn wave of products/technologies. Some are describing Sparkle as a Macromedia ‘Flash killer.’”
But, Sparkle may be more than just a Flash clone:
“Comparing Sparkle and Flash is ‘kind of an apples and oranges comparison,’ says one Windows developer familiar with Sparkle, who requested anonymity. ‘On the surface, it looks like Flash, but it’s really a programmable “thing” for doing stuff with Avalon. It’s really designed more to make your existing applications do really cool stuff.’”