What is the future of Microsoft Silverlight? Will HTML5 break Silverlight6?

The latest version of Silverlight is 5, it was released on December 2011. And since those date there are no news about the future of Silverlight. The company saying that’s too early to comment the future. Can Silverlight survive in a world of HTML5?

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“Silverlight is a powerful development tool for creating engaging, interactive user experiences for Web and mobile applications. Silverlight is a free plug-in, powered by the .NET Framework and compatible with multiple browsers, devices and operating systems, bringing a new level of interactivity wherever the Web works” says official MS website. So can it live together with HTML5?

Here is some thoughts by Paul Krill, the InfoWorld’s editor in his article “Will Silverlight live or die? Microsoft won’t say“.

“The annual Microsoft Mix conference, which has been used to showcase Silverlight, is not being held this year. Mix instead will be merged into Microsoft’s next developer conference to be held later this year… Microsoft Vice President Scott Guthrie declined to comment on the fate of Silverlight when asked at the Node Summit conference in San Francisco last week. “I don’t work on that team anymore, so I’m not going to put words in their mouth,” Guthrie said.”

“Silverlight was a rising star just a few years ago, when it was expected to give Flash a run for its money. But HTML5 has taken the luster off of proprietary plugins. Microsoft and Adobe have really had no choice but to embrace HTML5 to a degree. Microsoft’s silence on Silverlight at this juncture might not mean all that much: …Silverlight developer jobs are listed online as well,” says Krill. Yes, Silverlight jobs are still on demand.

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