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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lucas_maximus
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2009-08-18

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No, appearances would have it that Silverlight was just as much an attempt to gain lock-in to Microsoft products (so that users had to run Windows in order to be able to access the Internet) as any other ploy Microsoft has used.


Prove it.
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Silverlight is not available on Linux, and is a second class citizen anywhere other than on Windows. [/q]

Yes but tbh ... I don't bother writing stuff for a platform that isn't going to represent less than 5% of the market.

e.g. We have a second mobile website which is going to be deployed sometime at the end of the this month. We need to redirect visitors who are on a mobile to the mobile website. We could have used http://wurfl.sourceforge.net/ this to do the redirect, however we have a CMS from 2001 that is very fragile if the ISAPI rules are changed (i.e. it falls over).

The other route was a JS redirect when the page loaded, by looking at the user agent (a dirty hack I know, but the current website is going to be around for another few months and we are migrating to a newer CMS, this will make do in the meantime).

Obviously phones that had browsers that did not support JS would not be redirected ... when I warned my manager of this, he told me not to worry because we don't have any visitors using a handset that doesn't have a JS capable browser i.e. iPhone, Android handsets and modern Blackberrys.

The same I expect happens at microsoft, why would they bother supporting a platform that has such a small % of the market? They cannot justify the use of resources.

I do agree though that if they are going to support MacOSX they should make sure that it is of acceptable quality.

Edited 2010-10-31 11:45 UTC

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