Mark Pilgrim is sitting back watching the buzz on Apollo and Silverlight and thinks that it is silly season.
It is as though he has seen a time where the web was a little broken, and ActiveX controls were all over. We take it for granted that, with all of the pecky browser quirks, I can fire up Safari and Firefox on my Mac, and I don’t remember the last site that didn’t render well enough for me to use it. “Works best on IE” doesn’t really mean anything these days (apart from on some intranet environments).
Silverlight and Apollo are both great technical innovations, but I wouldn’t bet against the Open Web. I would love to see one or both of these companies truly opening their stack.