Silverlight's fate: Don't let Microsoft's silence fool you - by Paul Krill
Although Microsoft has given a cold shoulder lately to its Silverlight rich Internet plug-in platform, it's preparing version 5 for release soon, and some users expect Silverlight to have a long life ahead of it. But Microsoft's activities otherwise leave Silverlight's relevance, if not fate, open to question.
Microsoft released the Silverlight 5 release candidate stage on Sept. 2, suggesting the final release is not far off. But at its recent Windows 8 debut party, Microsoft gave the impression it was backing off its commitment to Silverlight. Opting instead for HTML5 capabilities, Microsoft revealed no plug-ins would be allowed on the tablet-oriented Metro version of the Internet Explorer browser in Windows 8. That includes Silverlight in addition to the competing Adobe Flash.
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