The death of Microsoft’s Silverlight and the Spanish SIGPAC.

Posted by – Friday 2012-12-07

Mary Jo Foley, a journalist who regularly publishes its articles at and focuses on Microsoft, reports that ‘Microsoft pulls the plug on its Silverlight.Net site‘. It seems that Silverlight, whose first release dates from year 2007, will be dead by the end of 2012:

Microsoft has closed its primary Web resource for its Silverlight browser plug-in and development framework – the Silverlight.Net site – breaking loads of links out there to resources and discussions on Silverlight, as noted by blogger Tim Anderson on Clicking on those links dumps users into a bare-bones Silverlight informational page on Microsoft’s MSDN site.

The move added insult to injury for those developers who are feeling increasingly disenfranchised by Microsoft’s decision to back away from Silverlight.

One of the cons of using proprietary software is that its owner can terminate it whenever it wants; and to make things worse, not even giving anybody else the chance of supporting its users, or evolving it.

SIGPAC screenshot

A very used and important geographical information system in Spain is the Sistema de Información Geográfica de PArcelas Agrícolas (SIGPAC). It delivers information about agricultural parcels through a web interface, which was based on Silverlight technology.

Congratulations to the smart politicians who decided to waste tax-payers’ money in a proprietary technology despite there were already available suitable, open source and more affordable technologies.

Congratulations for using a technology that was an annoyance, when not a barrier, for non MS Windows users. It forced the creation of lightweight version based on HTML5, thus spending additional tax-payers’ money.

Congratulations for using a 5 years old technology that currently is dead.

1 Comment on The death of Microsoft’s Silverlight and the Spanish SIGPAC.


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