Even before Muglia's blog posting, analysts were skeptical of the idea that Microsoft was killing off Silverlight.
"Silverlight is extremely important for Microsoft, because it may be Microsoft's best way to take the native client development for Windows forward to a Web architecture," said IDC analyst Al Hilwa, who oversees application development software.
Hilwa noted that when Microsoft released Silverlight, the company did not expect that such a wide range of mobile platforms would be available within a few years. "We have a world with many more platforms and form factors," he said. Now, Microsoft would probably not be interested in porting Silverlight to all these platforms, though Silverlight still makes sense for bridging different Windows platforms, Hilwa said.
"There are still a lot of Web applications deployed inside of enterprises that are running on Windows platforms," Hammond said. "Those organizations that have large libraries of .Net applications will continue to use Silverlight, because it represents an easier way to deploy those applications compared to a full .Net client."