Summary: A commenter in mini-MSFT says that his/her “team got a direct message not to use the [Silverlight] technology.” Dynamic languages are also dying at Microsoft due to lack of interest from the public.
ONCE in a couple of weeks we count the occurrences of the term “Silverlight” in the news. It’s getting hard to find anything and Moonlight too is virtually gone by now. Silverlight was mentioned in just one news headline (comparison to Adobe Trash 10.1) in the past two weeks, so it slid into obscurity despite massive PR campaigns, sometimes from Novell. A few days ago someone called Alex told us in IRC: “hey, was reading minimsft’s latest blog’s comments, and stumbled onto this: ‘Anonymous said… Anyone know what the story is with silverlight? My team got a direct message not to use the technology. Received the same message in Windows Live. HTML 5 is P1.’”
For those who don’t know, mini-MSFT is where anonymous Microsoft employees typically comment. So, is Microsoft calling Silverlight off yet, maybe because of HTML5?
- Microsoft’s Dynamic languages are dying
- Microsoft Dropping Dynamic Languages
- Microsoft Back-Tracks From Dynamic Languages
- What’s next for Microsoft’s IronRuby?
- Daily Dose – Save the Wave
- It’s not you, it’s me: Microsoft kills IronRuby
Microsoft’s decision to pay the salaries of several Ruby hackers was akin to a lawyer dating the bassist from a cool local band. Thus, it’s sad, but not surprising, to hear about the breakup: With the departure of Jimmy Schementi, Microsoft’s Ruby team is now down to one part-time developer.
These must be depressing times for Microsoft employees who work on projects like Silverlight and the attempts to “embrace and extend” Free/Open Source frameworks. █