2012 in review

It seems it was only yesterday that I was writing about starting my 4th year at IdentityMine, and here we are now, more than a year later.

The year 2012 has been particularly interesting for all of us in the tech space, and particularly for us who are observing the Microsoft brand. Now, those of you who know me also know that I am an undying optimist (something that is sometimes mistaken for fanboism), so I will make a big effort in adding a dose of realism into this billet. Nonetheless I think we can all agree that this year was a year seeing Microsoft react, with more or less success, in a few areas where it had been sleeping (and slipping, ha ha) for a few years, notably the slate and the phone markets. We can argue endlessly to know if these ventures will be successful or not, but honestly I don’t have (a) the time and (b) the interest to do so. Bottom line is, no one knows for sure what will happen next year (and the next and the next). Let’s rather discuss what happened.

Read the rest of this entry »

Print | posted on Sunday, January 6, 2013 9:11 PM

Feedback

# re: 2012 in review

left by Luis Allegri at 1/7/2013 12:38 AM Gravatar
Interesting read about HTML5. Thank you.

# re: 2012 in review

left by Krisztian Gyuris at 1/7/2013 10:45 AM Gravatar
Nice summary of 2012. Thanks! It is very interesting to see that WPF is going up because of the end of Silverlight development.

I think you are right, we - silverlight developers - are becoming XAML developers.

# re: 2012 in review

left by David Roh at 1/9/2013 12:37 PM Gravatar
You have summarized my feeling about Sinofsky and Silverlight. Question is, where will Microsoft go from here - they have communicated zero about the future roadmap since Sinofsky's departure. We are still very actively doing Silverlight development as it simply is the best platform available.

# re: 2012 in review

left by Ben Barreth at 1/10/2013 4:25 PM Gravatar
Great post Laurent! I just updated the Geeks with Blogs homepage with this as the most popular post!

# re: 2012 in review

left by joyislam at 1/11/2013 8:06 AM Gravatar
great post,niche summary .i am interested html thank you for this post

# re: 2012 in review

left by Dave at 1/16/2013 2:26 AM Gravatar
I think msft at least should continue developing silverlight, it is really good for enterprise programming.
Of course html5+js+css3 can do the job, maybe I'm really not a good programmer, but it really takes 3-5 more times effort to do the same thing.
I really hope sl can run on winRT.

# re: 2012 in review

left by Vo at 1/18/2013 2:40 AM Gravatar
I think what MS need to asap before it's too late is to FIRE Steve Ballmer!

# re: 2012 in review

left by Selebs at 1/18/2013 11:08 AM Gravatar
Great summery Laurent

I am a new silverlight developer, should I continue learning/developing with it despite all that's happening or am I wasting my time? I've never enjoyed developing so much before being introduced to silverlight, and it realy bugs me a lot to see MS do this with such excellent tech.

# re: 2012 in review

left by Mark McEnearney at 1/23/2013 8:28 PM Gravatar
Glad to hear you're seeing increasing interest in WPF-powered Windows desktop apps. Your comments on HTML5 are interesting. All much appreciated.

# re: 2012 in review

left by Chris Marcus at 3/19/2013 10:59 PM Gravatar
I know, a little late reading this, but recently came across this post (well said). I have to say, looking at the Javascript mess and hopeful fixes for Enterprise Dev (Typescript, Dart...), maybe MSFT should open source Silverlight if they don't want it anymore. There are some of us out here that are not enthused about writing huge Enterprise apps w/ the existing HTML5/Javascript frameworks and libs. It can be done, but will need to double all estimates. With LOB apps we can use plug-ins b/c we can make them a requirement so it seems to me like this the baby was thrown out w/ the bathwater on this w/o thinking about the Enterprise space. Love you comment... "It’s clear that some opted out of it following the PR fiasco but it is also clear that there isn’t a really satisfying alternative to build a certain type of applications. I am still a strong believer that the promises held by Silverlight are valid and (for the most part) fulfilled."
Comments have been closed on this topic.