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Microsoft pulls the plug on its Silverlight.Net site, Silverlight's Future Uncertain

The consolidation of this content does not impact Microsoft’s Silverlight offering. We released Silverlight 5 in December 2011 and we’ve committed to supporting Silverlight into the year 2021. This might seem to answer the question, but it doesn’t. Just because Silverlight will technically be supported until 2021, doesn’t mean they are going to develop future versions like Silverlight 6. It basically just means they won’t completely abandon support for sites and company’s that want to cling on to the standard. Is this news surprising? Honestly, I don’t think so. The Internet and technology are changing quickly, and Silverlight probably isn’t as important to Microsoft’s goals as it was in years past. Right now Silverlight technology is used in video services like Netflix, and in the upcoming Redbox Instant Service so it will be interesting to see how it affects these offerings down the road if Microsoft does decide to end with Silverlight 5. What do you think? Does the moving of the website signify the end of Silverlight, or are they just merely consolidating the efforts under MSDN and the press is turning this into something it isn’t? Share your thoughts below. [ source ]]]>

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