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I just explained to my wife what happened to Silverlight ...

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    Ian2

    I told her they moved Silverlight into Windows as opposed to being something that ran on top of it.

    Maybe that should have been the high level message that MS gave us - something along the lines of

    "We recognised the importance of WPF and Silverlight and for the next version of Windows we are consolidating and moving these important technologies into the core Windows Runtime".

    At the same time they could have bigged up HTML5 without 'annoying' anyone.

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    CKurt

    Except that is not really what they did Wink

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    Ian2

    @CKurt: I don't know - after all how many times have we seen a new version of some application actually having been a complete rewrite of itself? OK so not the norm but not that unusual either.

    I actually prefer to think of what happened in these terms (rather than what MS are telling us)

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    AndyC

    For the only use case where it really mattered (i.e. development on Windows) that's a reasonable approximation of what has been done. The web plugin, just like other plugins, is less relevant in a fast HTML5 driven web.

    I suspect the reason for not saying it in those terms is the enormous storm you'd have seen on the internet claiming that Microsoft were trying to kill off Flash by bundling Silverlight into Windows. From a political standpoint, a few slightly confused or irritated Silverlight developers is probably a lesser evil.

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    Ian2

    @AndyC: I think I can swallow that as an explanation

    It would be interesting to have been a fly on the wall in that meeting - if that is how it played out.

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    TomboRombo

    Don't be surprised if your wife now leaves you for a Flash Programmer.  If she is looking for someone who can really provide for the family or is the cougar type, then she would look for a script kiddy Javascript/HTML5 programmer.   Seriously,  don't talk shop with the wife. Smiley

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    Frank Hileman

    @TomboRombo: what if "the wife" is a programmer? She should not talk shop with those idiot husbands?  Smiley

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    Ray7

    ,AndyC wrote

    For the only use case where it really mattered (i.e. development on Windows) that's a reasonable approximation of what has been done. The web plugin, just like other plugins, is less relevant in a fast HTML5 driven web.

    I suspect the reason for not saying it in those terms is the enormous storm you'd have seen on the internet claiming that Microsoft were trying to kill off Flash by bundling Silverlight into Windows. From a political standpoint, a few slightly confused or irritated Silverlight developers is probably a lesser evil.

    Since Flash is just as unpopular as Silverlight these days, I don't think this is the case. They're keeping it quiet because they want to push Metro. 

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    fanbaby

    ,AndyC wrote

    I suspect the reason for not saying it in those terms is the enormous storm you'd have seen on the internet claiming that Microsoft were trying to kill off Flash by bundling Silverlight into Windows. From a political standpoint, a few slightly confused or irritated Silverlight developers is probably a lesser evil.

    AndyC, the only hole in your theory is the fact that Silverlight didn't turn out to be the threat is was thought to be. In 2007-2010 (until IE9), i was really scared that Silverlight is going to take over the web.

    More generally, I think the association of Silverlight and Flash(for example saying Flash/Silverlight whenever talking about plugins) is something created in the marketing department at Microsoft and quickly adopted by Sliverlight developers. My feeling is that it has no base in real life where, i believe, Flash is one or more orders of magnitude more prevalent then Silverlight.

    I hate both, and wish they weren't on the web, but to Flash' credit is the fact that it was created around 1996, while Silverlight was created in 2007! That is why Microsoft is irrelevant in this webby world, and NOT A THREAT TO ANYONE ANY MORE. The stock market seems to understand this.

    [I'm talking only about the abomination that is Silverlight-for-the-web, not dotnet in general or Silverlight for your intranet]

     EDIT: Grammar

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    Harlequin

    What kind of guy talks to his wife?... #trollthread

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