Microsoft is attempting to quell the notion that Silverlight is becoming less strategically important to the company as it sets its sights on HTML5.
The dearth of Silverlight-related information at Microsoft's Professional Developer Conference last week, along with Server and Tools Business President Bob Muglia's assertion that Microsoft has "shifted" its strategy on Silverlight as a cross-platform runtime, has sparked speculation that Microsoft may be quietly putting Silverlight to bed.
"Our Silverlight strategy and focus going forward has shifted," Muglia said last week in an interview with Microsoft blogger Mary Jo Foley.
However, in a Monday blog post, Muglia sought to clarify this comment and said Silverlight will continue playing a "very important role" in Microsoft's plans, both as a cross-platform runtime and as a development platform for Windows 7 and Windows Phone.
"I understand that what I said surprised people and caused controversy and confusion. As this certainly wasn't my intent, I want to apologize for that," Muglia said in the blog post.
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