Once again speculation and worry has developers around the world biting their fingers and lamenting the end of a new era. It almost seems developers want to stick a fork in their Silverlight development because so many are latching onto the hype wagon, calling .NET "legacy" and refusing to see the bigger picture. Microsoft announces a new run-time called "Metro" that is not based on .NET, and suddenly .NET is dead — even though anyone can download the bits for the new operating system, install it, and see for themselves that .NET is alive and well. There happen to be two modes for the application, one in a new "Metro" environment and one in a more "desktop" environment.
Microsoft's own Visual Studio is NOT a Metro app so I don't buy the line that this is just a staged coup d'etat. Microsoft announces that there are going to be two version of Internet Explorer: a "Metro" version with no plug-ins, and a desktop version that supports them. I downloaded Silverlight, installed it, and even loaded our Silverlight tablet Rooms to Go Application. It installed fine, appeared on the start menu for Windows 8 and launched without an issue ... but the headlines are reading "Microsoft abandons plug-ins."
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