Microsoft to favor HTML 5 over Silverlight?

Microsoft Professional Developer Conference (PDC): Bob Muglia, who’s in charge of Microsoft’s server and tools business, told ZDNet that Silverlight remains Microsoft’s development platform for Windows Phone, but Microsoft’s strategy has shifted to emphasize HTML 5. It’s a move Apple surely appreciates, as the company has positioned HTML 5 as the open standard alternative to Adobe Flash.

Silverlight will continue to be a cross-platform solution, working on a variety of operating system/browser platforms, going forward, he said. “But HTML is the only true cross platform solution for everything, including (Apple’s) iOS platform,” Muglia said.

Interesting. Very interesting. Now, I’ve been a Flash developer since version 4, and I love a lot of the aspects of the plugin. AIR is pretty awesome for what it can offer these days (remember when it was called Apollo?) However there seems to be a concerted effort at mobile and embedded.

The desktop isn’t going away, but smaller form factors and smaller processors are a growing target for app deployment. Will Flash require bumps in processors and memory before it can really shine? It’s a race right now it would seem to some.

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