Microsoft president of servers and tools Bob Muglia has backtracked on a statement he made last week on the demise of Silverlight, its answer to Adobe Flash.
During the Professional Developer's Conference Muglia said that HTML 5 was the only true cross-platform solution. According to Mary Jo-Foley, who interviewed Muglia, the PDC had a heavy bias toward HTML 5.0, but lacked any insight into the future of Microsoft's Silverlight multimedia platform.
His comments caused a riot in the Silverlight developer community. One blogger on the Silverlight blog said, "Your initial comments have done undue damage and the only way MS could recover from it is to lay open the roadmap for the next two to three versions of Silverlight so we can go back to convince the CIOs and CTOs and angel investors about the viability of Silverlight as a platform to build rich web applications."
Another suggested Microsoft lacked strong leadership. "Maybe Silverlight is too slow or porting is too hard. Maybe without a single, charismatic, fully powerful technical leader, it's just not possible to achieve a co-ordinated vision across a giant company."