Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Oct 2010 20:48 UTC
Microsoft Most websites glossed over this, but we didn't. Silverlight, once touted as Microsoft's answer to Adobe's Flash, has been retooled from its original purpose. Microsoft is betting big on HTML5 instead, turning Silverlight into the development platform for Windows Phone, and that's it. So... Silverlight is dead - long live Silerlight?
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RE: Good news for HTML5 ...
by nt_jerkface on Fri 29th Oct 2010 23:06 UTC in reply to "Good news for HTML5 ..."
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Is it just me, or does Microsoft have a habit of changing their minds about which of their technologies that devs should be using.

Meh, Nokia and Novell have done same thing numerous times.

Whatever happened to the .NET compact framework?

It's been dumped for Silverlight lol. I think it was mostly used by CE devs who they want to move to WP7. There is also .net micro.

Like ASP AJAX it probably didn't gain enough of a following to encourage further development.

And getting slightly off-topic, how is WPF coming along? I mean, is it really taking off? I can't recall sampling any apps that use it, unless they're so close to the native Win32 look & feel that I didn't recognize it.

It's a two-fold problem of XP users having a large presence and most applications being started before WPF. A lot of the big Windows programs were started in C++ before .NET existed and would be very expensive to convert to WPF. For a program like winzip it wouldn't matter but itunes would look great in a wpf rewrite.

The decision to use WPF often looks like this:
1. Build a great looking program for Win7/Vista users, but then tweak it so it looks average in XP.
2. Build an average looking program that doesn't need to be tweaked for XP and also doesn't require a newer .net pack.

So if you want to see more #1 then get people off XP. Mono also encourages #2 since it doesn't use WPF.

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