Enterprise Developers: Don't stop believing in Microsoft Silverlight

Bob Muglia (Microsoft PR)

By Richi Jennings. November 2, 2010.

Is Microsoft really ditching Silverlight for HTML5? Really? It was Microsoft's Professional Developer's Conference last week. What conclusions should enterprise developers draw? Let's dig deeper, in The Long View...

Bob Muglia, Microsoft's Server and Tool Business chief, confused almost everybody, with his quotes on Mary Jo Foley's blog. He seemed to be de-emphasizing Silverlight as a development platform. This and the paucity of Silverlight-related conference content caused some inescapable conclusions.

Muglia seemed to marginalize Silverlight, saying, "our strategy has shifted," and he seemed to talk up the capabilities of HTML5. But that doesn't mean developers should shun Silverlight. Nor does it mean their investments in learning the platform has been wasted.

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