Since the release of Silverlight 4 and Windows Phone 7, we are starting to see a noticeable shift in how the Windows web platform is being used to benefit just about every area of the web. With Microsoft's recent announcement in their change of strategy for browser-based application frameworks, with HTML5 Canvas and Silverlight, it’s fascinating to see the direction the market is going.
Silverlight 4 also adds some much-needed and often requested features:
Since adding some of these new long requested features in the past year, I have seen a dramatic increase in the use of Silverlight across the web. Telerik for example seems to have figured out the possible capabilities of Silverlight as a next-gen web platform, as seen in their demo here. From a cloud perspective, the possibilities are endless.
From virtual machines to mobile applications, Silverlight is becoming as robust a platform as many Mobile operating systems. Though the web browser side of Silverlight is becoming more refined, the support of Silverlight on Windows Phone 7 is also contributing to its rapid adoption. These new tools and enhanced data support functions are enabling an entire new generation of mobile web developers to forge new territory. Here at Merit Mile, we have also constructed our portfolio using Silverlight’s Deep Zoom functionality and while it may take the browser market a while to catch up to HTML5 Canvas standards, Silverlight isn’t going anywhere. As of December 2, the Silverlight 5 beta has been announced with some more exciting features.