Microsoft dims Silverlight to favor HTML and HTML5

Silverlight, along with the aging Flash, are being overtaken by simpler options.

Microsoft is taking flack for changes in its strategy for its Flash competitor Silverlight.

Microsoft de-emphasized it at the Professional Developer's Conference in late October, but talked a lot about HTML and HTML5, and finally admitted the role of Silverlight had changed.

Rather than keep directing Silverlight at applications that can run on many operating systems, Microsoft will rely on HTML and HTML5 as its prime cross-platform Web client development tools.

Silverlight will still be around, and continue to add features, but strategically for Microsoft it becomes an add-on for apps that need specific functions HTML doesn't cover, and the main dev tool for Windows-based phones.

Kevin Fogarty writes about enterprise IT for ITworld. Follow him on Twitter @KevinFogarty.

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