This is the continuation of this post on the future of Microsoft development.
Okay, so in my last post I commented on the whole Microsoft-HTML5-Silverlight debate. Here’s my subversive idea:
We’re already seeing systems where the build target is variable. For example, Microsoft’s recent release of Visual Studio Lightswitch can build your business apps for the desktop or the web. And they’ve stated there’s no reason it couldn’t compile to HTML5.
Think about it:
- Universal Silverlight. It would run on an iPad, or an Android phone, or any future device that implements HTML5. (Which will be all of them.) No need to make deals with the other platforms. Silverlight would be able to run anywhere.
- No more need for the plugin. Some corporate environments don’t allow it. Some folks at home don’t want to install it. But it wouldn’t be necessary anymore.