The Right Tool for the Job
Since PDC there's been some discussion about the future of Silverlight vs. HTML 5:
Via: Our strategy with Silverlight has shifted (Mary Jo Foley)
But when it comes to touting Silverlight as Microsoft’s vehicle for delivering a cross-platform runtime, “our strategy has shifted,” Muglia told me.
Silverlight will continue to be a cross-platform solution, working on a variety of operating system/browser platforms, going forward, he said. “But HTML is the only true cross platform solution for everything, including (Apple’s) iOS platform,” Muglia said.
Of course, it's all about choosing the right tool for the job. Prior to PDC, Microsoft's recommended distribution of those choices looked something like this:
Since PDC and Microsoft's promoting of HTML 5 (which is great), the recommendations feel something like this:
I think this is much more sensible.
It should be said that these graphs are only accurate for those of us outside of Microsoft. If you work for Microsoft, the distribution looks more like this:
And now that Ray Ozzie has left, that 1% for Silverlight (which was there for Live Mesh) is also gone:
Welcome, my name is Paul Stovell. I live in Brisbane and work on Octopus Deploy, an automated deployment tool for .NET applications.
Prior to founding Octopus Deploy, I worked for an investment bank in London building WPF applications, and before that I worked for Readify, an Australian .NET consulting firm. I also worked on a number of open source projects and was an active user group presenter. I was a Microsoft MVP for WPF from 2006 to 2013.