Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Nov 2010 22:49 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Microsoft "For reasons that are not immediately clear to me, it seems that a lot of developers who attended Microsoft's recent PDC event were surprised to hear that the company now sees HTML5 as the way forward for developing rich Internet applications - and not, as they had been expecting, Silverlight. Their surprise surprises me, because past statements by the company had already made this repositioning obvious, though perhaps not explicit."
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Silverlight does not require .NET (or rather, it is in itself a self-contained compact variant of .NET). The download size is about 7M IIRC, and it doesn't require a system or even browser restart.

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