DESPITE help — even promotion — from Miguel and Novell, Microsoft was unable to leverage Silverlight and elevate XAML as an alternative to HTML which is encumbered with patents, DRM, and other nasties.
Silverlight’s real promise for the business customer — to improve user interfaces for day-to-day applications — has been thwarted by tightening budgets.
By sharing some figures last year, book publisher O’Reilly showed that Silverlight had failed to gain momentum and there were also substantiated accusations that Microsoft was faking acceptance. Exceptions appear to be Microsoft’s media allies [1, 2]. █