Microsoft Stopping Development On Silverlight After Version 5?

By on November 9, 2011
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Rumor suggests Microsoft may close shop for the software.


Microsoft’s Silverlight was supposed to be the company’s answer and competitior to Adobe Flash, but it never quite gained that much of a traction globally. Sure, Netflix and Xbox are some of the major services that use it but that’s about it. But it’s still been a platform that Microsoft has been behind, and a new version 5 is close to release. But now a new rumor suggest that this version may be the end of the road for Silverlight. claims through multiple anonymous sources that Microsoft will stop development on Silverlight after its release and may not even release any service packs for the software in the future. Another report suggests that they might make the software only available for Windows and Internet Explorer.

Personally, I highly doubt this could be happening this quick since big services rely on it for now. There is a genuine possibility of this happening down the road, since Windows 8 is said to be moving away from plug-ins and could have a better integrated alternative to the software but for the time-being it’s unlikely.

But you never know. Thoughts?


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