Microsoft backs HTML5 over own proprietary Silverlight

Apple Online Store“Microsoft server president Bob Muglia late this week confirmed a broader shift at the company away from Silverlight on the web and towards HTML5,” Electronista reports.

“Silverlight was now primarily the development platform for Windows Phone 7, but more cross-platform efforts would rely on the more universal standard,” Electronista reports. “Muglia stressed to ZDNet that Silverlight would still run on Macs and (indirectly) Linux systems, but HTML5 was the only guarantee of support for the iPhone and Pad. ‘HTML is the only true cross platform solution for everything, including [the] iOS platform,’ he said.”

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53 Comments

  1. I was at the Apple store at Mall of America in Bloomington, MN today. Every chair at every table was packed. I heard one guy ask for assistance at the entrance because he wanted iPads for the family.

  2. I was at the Apple store at Mall of America in Bloomington, MN today. Every chair at every table was packed. I heard one guy ask for assistance at the entrance because he wanted iPads for the family.

  3. Well let’s see if this is good news. Last time Microbrain got involved in the Internet, they messed up the evolving standards to create the mess that we have today, where every web developer has to cater to the M$ Excreter standard of web browsers.

  4. Well let’s see if this is good news. Last time Microbrain got involved in the Internet, they messed up the evolving standards to create the mess that we have today, where every web developer has to cater to the M$ Excreter standard of web browsers.

  5. Siverlight means 0 to their bottom line, just let it go. It’s fun to watch MS chase every new development when it evaporates just as the think they’ve caught up. I wish they’d try something original so we could watch the train wreck. That would be hilarious

  6. Siverlight means 0 to their bottom line, just let it go. It’s fun to watch MS chase every new development when it evaporates just as the think they’ve caught up. I wish they’d try something original so we could watch the train wreck. That would be hilarious

  7. Silverlight is still used in a lot of line of business apps.

    Html5 is great for the open web but there’s a whole world of business that exists as well. HTML 5 won’t even be fully ratified until 2022.

    People only think online video when they think flash. Html5 will replace this.

    Allowing people to use the .net franework for apps that have a high code reuse: wpf, web, Mac, Linux appeals to lots of people who make decisions.

    Silverlight is an important part of ms future strategy.

    It isn’t really like flash or html5 and can coexist peacefully.

  8. Silverlight is still used in a lot of line of business apps.

    Html5 is great for the open web but there’s a whole world of business that exists as well. HTML 5 won’t even be fully ratified until 2022.

    People only think online video when they think flash. Html5 will replace this.

    Allowing people to use the .net franework for apps that have a high code reuse: wpf, web, Mac, Linux appeals to lots of people who make decisions.

    Silverlight is an important part of ms future strategy.

    It isn’t really like flash or html5 and can coexist peacefully.

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