Microsoft, Limelight deal revealed

Microsoft has hired Limelight Networks to help it boost the performance of its online services. The two also intend to jointly develop acceleration technologies, according to the companies. Limelight is a Web caching/streaming/acceleration service based in Tempe, Ariz., that competes with Akamai. The company said it will cross-license technology with Microsoft. Details were scarce but a quote from Limelight’s CEO from Bloomberg News says that the on-demand video will be the focus.

 “’There's a massive wave of content coming down the pipe,’ Lunsford said. ‘There's a substantial amount of work that remains to deliver broadcast-quality internet video consumption to the masses. That's what we hope to do with Microsoft.’”

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