Bob, Silverlight, PDC, controversy and confusion

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Bob Muglia, President of the Server and Tools Division at Microsoft said at PDC. “Our Silverlight strategy and focus going forward has shifted”.

Because of this lot of people asked me to give my personal statement on this.

So, let’s try it:

The purpose of Silverlight has never been to replace HTML, because HTML is probably most widely deployed.Bu I think Silverlight is one of best and possibly the best technology for client applications. It is my subjective opinion which grown in more than 20 years of software development. I build projects (talking about client apps only) in C, X-Windows, Turbovision, MFC, C++, VB, Access, ASP, ASP.NET, ASP.MVC, Java, Java Applets, JavaScript, VB, WinForms Desktop and Mobile, Mobile Apps, WPF, SIlverlight, etc.

I vote for Silverlight.

If most people do HTML and JavaScript it doesn’t mean that is the best chose.

Silverlight is at moment of writing of this post installed on two-thirds of the world’s computers, and more than 600,000 developers currently build software using it.  And don’t be wrong: Microsoft will continue to invest in Silverlight and enable developers to build great apps and experiences with it in the future. I’m glad to see Silverlight for TV soon :)

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Posted Nov 11 2010, 12:12 AM by Damir Dobric
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