Walk In The Shadows…
Over the last couple of weeks, many of you have asked about the the future of Silverlight as a development tool for CRM 2011. This followed an interview given by Bob Muglia (President of the Server and Tools Division at Microsoft) at the PDC 2010 conference, in which he stated that our Silverlight strategy had shifted, and that our cross-platform efforts would now focus on HTML5.
As you can imagine, this left a lot of customers, partners and internal Microsoft folk confused, because for the last couple of years we have been pushing Silverlight as our cross-platform (at least as far as PC and Mac) development platform. A few days later, Bob posted an article on the Silverlight Team blog that helped clarify what he said in the interview that caused the controversy. You can read his post here.
In his blog post the key talking point is that Silverlight is, and will remain, our strategic platform for:
- Client Apps (both inside and outside the browser), with a particular emphasis on enterprise business applications.
- Apps that run on Devices. Silverlight is now the client programming model for Windows Phone and Windows Embedded (which includes things like TVs).
- Media Solutions. Silverlight will continue to pioneer premium media capabilities and experiences.
If you want to hear about the future of Silverlight from the “horses mouth”, then why not register to attend (in-person or online) the 1-day Silverlight Firestarter event on 2nd December 2010, where Scott Guthrie (Corporate Vice President, .NET Developer Platform) will be covering this topic in detail.
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