Silverlight Developers revolt against Open Standards

Subject: Editorial, General Tech | June 8, 2011 - 09:25 PM |
Tagged: windows 8, silverlight

Microsoft announced their new User Interface to Windows 8 last week. The interface is very tablet-minded and uses a Windows Phone 7-like tile architecture with widgets based on HTML5 and Javascript. Silverlight developers took that as a slap in the face and flooded Microsoft’s developer network forums to voice their opinions. Microsoft has not confirmed or denied that they will continue support for Silverlight in Windows 8; Microsoft has thus also not stated if they do support Silverlight on Windows 8, how much ongoing support will be provided to Silverlight.

That interface doesn’t look very silvery, or light.

I think the real message here is that when you invest (through time, money, or otherwise) in a proprietary infrastructure you need to expect that you have no real recourse should the owner work against you; you voided all recourse except for what is explicitly contractually bound to you. In the case of an open, particularly copyleft, platform: should support from the original owners be absent or insufficient you are legally allowed to take over provided that right is also granted by you. Often it may still be worthwhile to invest in proprietary platforms, but remember, you give up your right to maintain your dependencies. All your dependent art is relying on your trust in the platform owner, and you have no legal recourse, because you gave it away.

Do you have any comments on this? Discuss below.

Source: itnews
June 8, 2011 | 09:49 PM - Posted by Grunteh

I'm so sick of Silverlight. I just want to watch Netflix on my Chromebook but no. Apparently DRM can't exist on open source.

June 8, 2011 | 10:28 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud

DRM can exist in OpenSource (though many users will be upset) and Netflix acknowledged that they are working with Google to build support for Chromebook. Nothing yet (and still possible that nothing will ever happen) though.

June 11, 2011 | 09:58 AM - Posted by darthgault (not verified)

silverlight developers are needlessly freaking out ... html 5 and java is being used ... if you can code silverlight i am sure you can stumble your way through some html 5 and java.

the windows team wants something very lightweight and easy to code. this o/s is a ways off and microsoft hasn't released a ton of details so chill people.

i can't wait to get my hands on windows 8 and use the new interface. i like the idea of embedding quick glance info into the main UI ...

people always freak out when something changes and computers are finally changing with the times.

June 11, 2011 | 09:18 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud

Well the problem is that spent either a lot of their time learning Silverlight specifically or a lot of their money hiring buttloads of Silverlight developers only to have it pulled out from under them. The problem is they took that risk whether or not they recognized it as a risk... and it's possible that said risk might not pan out. Oops.

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