Silverlight MVP – again

3 Oct

Last year I received the Microsoft MVP award for my work in Silverlight technical communities. It was a great honor for me and was something I worked towards for quite some time. The year as a Silverlight MVP brought a lot of meetings (online and offline) and I meet some really cool and interesting people at the yearly MVP Summit.

In the same period Silverlight have been doomed several times – by the media and by developers around the world. Well, it seems that Silverlight got a somewhat bright future – least for some years to come.

I wasn’t sure my involvement in the community – online as well as offline – was sufficient to get my MVP renewed. However late Saturday afternoon I received this mail:

“Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2011 Microsoft® MVP Award!”

YEAH :) I’m looking forward to another year as Silverlight MVP and to meet a lot of new people in the community.

Stay tuned at my blog ( and expect to read a lot about Silverlight, Windows Phone and Windows 8 development.


4 Responses to “Silverlight MVP – again”

  1. Jacob Honig October 3, 2011 at 12:13 #

    Tilløk! :-)

  2. Dan Vestergaard October 3, 2011 at 14:19 #

    Tillykke med at få titlen igen. Håber det fortsætter flere år endnu :-)

  3. vplusplus October 3, 2011 at 14:25 #

    Thanks for your contribution to Silverlight community all along.

    XAML future is bright with WIndows-8.
    Not so sure about Silverlight.

    If we take a closer look at Windows-8 opportunities (XAML/C#, XAML/VB, XAML/C++), there is no doubt that the XAML/C#/VB/Silverlight skillsets can be carried forward. It is even possible to port exisitng SL apps into Metro space, if the METRO UI guidelines are ignored. Concepts like offline capability becomes irrelevant, as the METRO apps are by default kind-of XAML/Offline.

    METRO apps is positioned as evolution path for Silverlight… But…

    Silverlight is also a distribution mechanism not tied to App store.
    METRO is not.

    Silverlight had potential to go cross-platform (Silverlight on MAC).
    METRO is not.

    W8 on ARMS has all technical foundation required to support Silverlight apps natively in the platform, barring possible API breaks. In otherwords, IE10 on METRO/ARMS can natively support Silverlight apps while still blocking plugins.

    Such combo undermines incentives to build and distribute apps through App store.
    Why use App store as a channel (and share 30%) if we can build similar apps using Silverlight and distribute through browser?

    Not supporting Silverlight on METRO (IE10/ARMS) is not a technical decision, it is a business decision.

    XAML has great future, now doubt.
    Silverlight didn’t die due to chaning tech landscape, it is being killed for business interest.

    A compromise ?
    MSFT should support Silverlight on IE10/METRO/ARMS, but disable offline capabilities.
    This may be an acceptable compromise between Silverlight community and W8 business interests.

  4. Mojster October 5, 2011 at 09:39 #

    Congradulations! Silverlight will have a long life cycle on Windows 7 systems. Enterprises will never adopt Win 8 because they don’t need to (look at Windows XP market share!). It’s possible that will Win 8 become another Vista 8 that everybody avoid … who knows?

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