In a show of support for Silverlight and it’s future at Microsoft, Bob Muglia, President of the Server and Tools Division at Microsoft provided a blog post on the Team Silverlight blog. In his post Mr. Muglia better explained the context of some of his comments.
Among other key points, he very clearly states:
“Make no mistake; we’ll continue to invest in Silverlight and enable developers to build great apps and experiences with it in the future”
In the post he also outlines some key trends the Silverlight targets:
“Customers are demanding the richest possible client experiences, and developers are increasingly looking to build premium, tailored experiences optimized for specific devices.”
“Customers want to be able to deliver client experiences that are optimized for specific form factors.”
“Media delivery across the Internet continues to accelerate dramatically. Customers want HD, studio quality, premium media content.”
“Lastly, there has been massive growth in the breadth and diversity of devices made by a wide variety of vendors providing both open and closed systems.”
And lastly, relating to the positioning of Silverlight and HTML(5)
“The purpose of Silverlight has never been to replace HTML, but rather to do the things that HTML (and other technologies) can’t, and to do so in a way that’s easy for developers to use. Silverlight enables great client app and media experiences”
These echo some of the comments made by Steve Ballmer about Microsoft wanting to fully support HTML but also using Silverlight to go beyond those capabilities in a variety of client and application solutions.
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