Silverlight was a rising star just a few years ago, when it was expected to give Flash a run for its money. But HTML5 has taken the luster off of proprietary plug-ins. Microsoft and Adobe have really had no choice but to embrace HTML5 to a degree. Microsoft's silence on Silverlight at this juncture might not mean all that much: Silverlight user groups are still found on Google searches; Silverlight developer jobs are listed online as well. But given the cloud over Silverlight, it might be time for Microsoft to come clean with either an upgrade plan for the platform or some other clear statement of direction.
Unlike A's fans, who have endured more than 1,000 days of official silence about the team's fate, Silverlight developers will need to know soon what kind of future they can expect for the platform.
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