Microsoft Has Seen The Light. & Itâ€™s Not Silverlight. http://tinyurl.com/32jyufv
My primary reasons for disliking Flash were that it was proprietary (only one vendor/source) and that it has horrendous performance on OS X (definitely improving but still bad). I disliked Silverlight for the first of those reasons: any development only comes from Microsoft.
Well, it seems that Microsoft have had a “shift of strategy” :
During last weekâ€™s Professional Developers Conference (PDC),ZDNetâ€™s Mary-Jo Foley asked Bob Muglia, Microsoftâ€™s SVP of the Server and Tools Business, why the company failed to highlight Silverlight in a meaningful way this year. His answer was rather surprising.
â€œSilverlight is our development platform for Windows Phone,â€ he said. And while he said that the technology has some â€œsweet spotsâ€ for media applications (presumably like Netflix, which uses Silverlight on the web), its role as a vehicle for delivering a cross-platform runtime appears to be over. â€œOur strategy has shifted,â€ is how Muglia put it.
Instead, as they made clear during PDC, Microsoft is putting their weight behind HTML5 going forward. Hallelujah.
Further convergence on a single standard. Now if we can get everyone on the same page for HTML5 audio and video, it would be a big step forward. (I’m looking at you Mozilla!)