After finishing a podcast discussing Microsoft fumbled future developer story, has sparked a few threads in my warped perception of all things developer platforms. Please go out on a limb with me here and let this one swirl around in the ol noggin for a moment or two (it’s Friday).
The upside by putting Silverlight onto Android is you get to part of the two horse race – let’s face it Android and iPhone have the developer markets attention more so than WP7. Enabling developers to play in both streams could energize your base more and you can potentially regain net-new developer share the other way. If you are going to give your farm away, at least fight for a good price is my thinking.
The reality is this, the Silverlight teams are grabbing some pine right now, they’ve been benched until further notice so we are unlikely to see Silverlight move past version 5 until the dust settles on Windows 8 that is code-named Windows 8 (brilliant marketing guys, seriously, brilliant).
Its’ that stalling posture and that sense of “hang on this equation doesn’t add up” that is ultimately causing ripples in the Light-force (ie Silverlight/WPF/WinForms etc Communities).
Just my thoughts – but what do I know, its not like i use to Product Manage Silverlight…oh wait.. doH!