And now, Mary Jo Foley from our sister site ZDNet is urging Microsoft to make sure the platform comes back into the discussion, and soon.
At issue is Microsoft's upcoming handling of app development for the application marketplace in Windows 8. Foley says that by staying mum on Silverlight in connection with work on "immersive apps," Microsoft has caused some to wonder whether the platform will be supported. But Foley says, citing sources, "Microsoft is still going to support Silverlight with Windows 8, and not only as a browser plug-in."
Foley continues, citing anonymous sources:
Ultimately, she says, Microsoft wants to be able to make it easier for developers to create a single application and port it over to Windows, and Silverlight is potentially standing in the way of making that happen. But Silverlight and .Net are still important pieces of the Windows development pie. And dumping it now could sound alarms across the Windows development landscape.
Microsoft said last week that it will talk in more detail about Windows 8 development in September. But as Foley points out, "Microsoft can't afford to wait three more months to let its developer base know what its intentions are."