Silverlight Is Shifted To HTML5 By Microsoft

Microsoft changes Silverlight strategy they just shifts Silverlight to HTML5.HTML5 us a platform solution for everything, including Apple’s iOS platform……

Adobe isn’t the only company being tempted by the sweet taste of HTML5, Microsoft has a hankering for the stuff too.Despite its past efforts to shape Silverlight into the leading cross-platform runtime for the web and the desktop, Microsoft now says that its strategy and plans for Silverlight “has shifted.”

This is a big admission from the company that has spent years trying to push Silverlight as a cross-platform technology forward. As a video technology — indeed even as an application technology — Silverlight and WPF are actually pretty nice. I attended a two-day XAML workshop held at Microsoft’s Atlanta offices in 2009 and was very impressed with the capabilities and the toolsets that were possible within Silverlight.However, despite the prevalence of the .NET platform on Windows (Windows)  and in the enterprise, Silverlight has had a problem gaining traction across the web. With the exception of the Olympics and a few other live broadcasts, you almost never see Silverlight used on the web.

Likewise, the number of desktop applications built using Silverlight are nascent in comparison to the growing number of Adobe Air (adobe AIR) applications. Aside from Seesmic Desktop (Seesmic Desktop), it’s hard to think of any cross-platform apps that are built using Silverlight.All the while, Microsoft is increasingly embracing HTML5. The company’s recent launch of Internet Explorer 9 beta  was promoted using a number of different HTML5-specific web pages and promotions. Silverlight may not have been mentioned much during PDC, but HTML5 certainly was.


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