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Silverlight will die (again) when next windows (PC and phone) will be released

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    fanbaby

     

    """Company Meeting: Yes, Microsoft Will Unify Development for Windows Phone and Windows

    And now we know the timing, sort of: It will happen with the next release of Windows, or what we might call Windows 9. The idea is to unify the development environment—tools and APIs—across all Windows devices and to provide a single app store that works across PCs, tablets, and phone. That latter bit caused a bit of a sensation online yesterday when reports emerged that Microsoft was going to "combine" Windows Store (for Windows) and Windows Phone Store into a single electronic storefront, but that's not really a big story: They are already the "same" store, really. The big deal is that the app environments—the runtimes/APIs/SDKs—are merging. Yes, it's happening."""

     

    Source http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/short-takes-september-27-2013

    I think it's actually good for Microsoft developers - it means things are settling down. The only question is will anyone care by then.

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    cbae

    You still have a bug up your a$$ about Silverlight? Get over it, dude.

    , fanbaby wrote

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    I think it's actually good for Microsoft developers - it means things are settling down. The only question is will anyone care by then.

    Yeah, because there will be no Microsoft developers left in 1 year flat. *rolls eyes*

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    cheong

    Btw, this confirms (at least part of) the reason of releasing Win8.1 as seperate release instead of SP for Win8, even if they make it free for Win8 users - just to let Win7 die quicker.

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    cbae

    , cheong wrote

    Btw, this confirms (at least part of) the reason of releasing Win8.1 as seperate release instead of SP for Win8, even if they make it free for Win8 users - just to let Win7 die quicker.

    Windows 7? They still need XP to die.

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    bondsbw

    , cbae wrote

    Windows 7? They still need XP to die.

    It's getting there.  Our sponsor, who was still a heavily XP shop just a year or so ago, is now heavily Windows 7 and is considering mandating W7+ across the board.

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    magicalclick

    I thought SL is already dead after MS switched to HTML5. It is hard to find any website using SL now. Doesn't care much about SL to begin with. It is just a web version of WPF. And since it is proprietary and from unpopular MS, it will never make its way to be a web standard. So, embracing HTML5 is better for web community anyway.

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    Harlock123n​ew

    , magicalclick wrote

    I thought SL is already dead after MS switched to HTML5. It is hard to find any website using SL now. Doesn't care much about SL to begin with. It is just a web version of WPF. And since it is proprietary and from unpopular MS, it will never make its way to be a web standard. So, embracing HTML5 is better for web community anyway.

     

    Well I agree that a TRUE standard is a good thing... We have a number of enterprise level applications that serve thousands of users in NJ, PA,MD,NY,TN and FL... unfortunately for us they were written in Silverlight. The Tool support of HTML5 is still lagging behind (albeit getting better) but the lift to convert all that User Interface is something we as a company cannot simply afford to eat and do right now, unless we find someone willing to PAY. So in Silverlight it remains for now....

    The decision to use silverlight 5+ years ago was made with a mistaken belief that the company would advance and support the platform for a while, not abandon it 3-4 years in essentially overnight. So being a little bitter comes pretty naturally to me and others so bitten. 

    I can say for sure that I will definitely consider other technologies supported by other companies before I consider anything Microsoft pro-ports as the next big thing. That is one reason I use and have advanced other tablet adoptions over the Microsofts Surface and RT platforms. 

    Now I know that HTML5 is not a Microsoft platform per say, but wholeheartedly embracing it alone for delivery of enterprise applications on Windows machines (because despite their best efforts to destroy that near monopoly) Microsoft Windows is still the dominant platform in this space, just because Microsoft says this is our preferred way to do things, is not a move I am comfortable with ATM.

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    RealBboy360

    Silverlight is still great for LOB.  It's main advantage is that it's lighter and can run on mac OS, so it's not a web version of WPF as said above.

    This unified development crap is stupid if it doesn't work on windows 7.  IT guys won't install windows 8 on company computers for another 10 years.  This new SilverDim language might be ok for games, but it's gotta be able to run on windows 7 and mac.  

    Would have been awesome if they continued work on silverlight and got it to work on andriod too. I guess maybe it's cool that my phone cheevos app would now work as a win 8 or win 9 app.  (I didn't want to write my cheevos app in win8) .That's one step in the right direction, but why not have it actually work on everything?  Oh yeah, so they can make money in the app store.

    Silverlight is great, corporate greed squashed it.

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