During the PDC10 and the last few days there's been some discussion on the state of Silverlight, and some speculation on what Microsoft may plan on doing with it. Mary Jo Foley summed it up best:
After I published a blog post last week about Microsoft’s shift in its Silverlight strategy (based on an interview I did at the Professional Developers Conference with Server and Tools President Bob Muglia), there were a lot of concerned and angry Silverlight developers and customers.
Heh, no kidding. Since then a lot has been written on the subject. Today I shared some of my thoughts with Erik Mork on the Sparkling Client podcast. Listed below are links to the original articles by the key contributors in this story:
More thoughts by key individuals:
- Steve Balmer
- Scott Guthrie
- Tim Heuer
- John Papa
- Mike Taulty
- Robby Ingebretsen
- Jeremy Likness
- Laurent Bugnion
- Shawn Wildermuth
Silverlight is not going away, it is and will still be used for the same purposes as before. Silverlight is the future of application development on mobile devices for the Windows platform. This discussion has been somewhat interesting, but sadly more just a waste of my time. I have no desire to speculate or debate this anymore, Say what you want, I'm very busy doing Silverlight application development for web, desktop, and mobile platforms.
Lastly, please feel free to come to the PDXSLUG meeting on 11/9 and ask Scott Stanfield (CEO of Vertigo) his opinion on the topic (http://portlandsilverlight.net). He’ll be talking about HTML5 in the context of his company being known predominantly for their amazing work in Silverlight.