Implement Silverlight on more platforms
The fastest way to encourage adoption is to get Silverlight on as many platforms as possible -- Windows Mobile, iPhone, Mac (all flavors), Linux, Android, Windows Embedded, MCML, and so forth. The more platforms, the better.
Silverlight support on these two platforms is a MUST!
It would be great if we could write Silverlight apps for consumption on the iPhone. Even being able to write apps for the app store. Think if Microsoft could beat Flash to the iPhone.
Matthias Munzel commented
You´re right! If MS dosnt support multiplatform SL is dead. On WinCE 6 SL is a great feature. .NET is not importend on embedded platforms. Speed is everything.
Mike Hole commented
With MS using the new catch phrase ‘To the cloud’ and saying things like ‘three screens and the cloud’. You would think that they would consider their cross device support even if those devices are all Microsoft based ones.
We all can see that they have the cloud sussed with their Azure platform and services based offerings and this excites me greatly and makes me wish that I can start thinking about those three screens.
So the third screen is my TV right? How do I get to use my TV as the third screen well that would be with my Xbox surely. But do I really have to use XNA to realise this dream especially since I have all my design assets within XAML right now.
There have been all sorts of rumours regarding SL on the Xbox without any sort of foundation or demonstration from MS.
It is about time they made things clear so that they can either quash or realise my hopes.
Still no support on Xbox announced. The competition is hotting up on the TV platform. When is MS going to wake up on this?
Bob F commented
Android? Heck, Microsoft won't even talk about the Mac anymore. How many of those new SL 5 features are actually going to work on the Mac? I have a bad feeling SL is moving away from cross-platform support, not towards it.
Pete Magrath commented
Forget running Silverlight on an iPad - it will never happen (officially!). Silverlight projects needs to be compiled as HTML5 and be plug-in free before this can happen. A silverlight plug-in for Android however is a more achievable goal!
only one word: Android
Narayan Sainaney commented
Scott Guthrie gave a keynote at the Silverlight Firestarter touting new features coming in Silverlight 5 this morning (2 Dec 2010). No mention of Android/iOS however :(
René Massy commented
I dream of using my silverlight knowledge and target iPhone, iPad or Android devices.
If Silverlight apps are useable on Android OS (and other mobile OS's) more devs will take to creating their apps in this code as they know it will have a wider target audience... win win for android and wp7 (+ others?)! Of course.. adobe Air could fill that gap if you're not quick to pick up on this MS.. especially with the new Blackberry pad coming soon ;)
Must to support android!!!
MS may fear the android competition with WP7
But the android as an open OS is WP7 unparalleled.
Do not support android, MS will lose a lot of market opportunities
It's the right time to make the right thing! Android are going very good for all kind of use: phone,tablet and generic mobile device!
Let's go Microsoft!
Andrew Tierney commented
Android is a MUST have, otherwise developers WILL move to HTML5 or other frameworks. If you want Windows Mobile 7 and Silverlight to survive, you need to support Android.
Narayan Sainaney commented
MonoDroid/MonoTouch seems to make more sense over Silverlight at this point. Too bad...
Still waiting for Android - hmmm, maybe netflix and other apps will skip silverlight as it is so proprietary! Would love it if it was more open!
Brian Bosak commented
Cross-platform support (as in Linux) is essential to my business. We support Linux, and Windows customers. We are currently using Flash, because it is cross-platform, but Silverlight seems to be far superior to Flash (multi-threading support, direct camera access, easy microphone recording and data processing, etc.). I know that Mono exists to 'solve this problem', however; its development lags far behind that of 'official' silverlight.
Please support managed code with Silverlight on Windows Embedded Compact. Currently this is unmanaged code only, which has absolutely no value to the managed-only coders that currently make up a huge portion of today's Silverlight developers.
As an ISV:
Android Please!!!! Pretty please!!!