As the world's best athletes competed in Beijing, the summer Olympic games were setting the stage for a battle between Microsoft Corp. and Adobe Systems Inc. over the internet's next big competition, Reuters reports. Microsoft's Silverlight technology and rival Adobe's Flash format are currently locked in a race over who delivers the world's online video, but the ultimate prize might be who powers the next generation of web software. Using Silverlight, the NBC web site offered a glimpse of what is possible with future web applications, because viewers were able to watch up to four videos at once or follow

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