Open source Silverlight
For all intents and purposes Microsoft now views Silverlight as “Done”. While it is no longer in active development it is still being “supported” through to 2021 (source).
However there is still a section of the .Net community that would like to see further development done on the Silverlight framework. A quick look at some common request lists brings up the following stats:
* 5,720+ votes to release Silverlight 6 https://visualstudio.uservoice.com/forums/121579-visual-studio/suggestions/3556619-silverlight-6
* Feature requests for Silverlight http://dotnet.uservoice.com/forums/4325-silverlight-feature-suggestions
* Microsoft connect list of active Silverlight feature requests: http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/SearchResults.aspx?KeywordSearchIn=2&SearchQuery=%22silverlight%22&FeedbackType=2&Status=1&Scope=0&SortOrder=10&TabView=1
Rather than letting Silverlight decay in a locked up source control in the Microsoft vaults, I call on them to instead release it into the hands of the community to see what they can build with it. Microsoft may no longer have a long term vision for it, but the community itself may find ways to extend it in ways Microsoft didn’t envision.
Earlier this year Microsoft open sourced RIA Services on Outer Curve http://www.outercurve.org/Galleries/ASPNETOpenSourceGallery/OpenRIAServices, it would be great to see this extended to the entire Silverlight framework.
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David Burela commented
WPF, Windows Forms, and Windows UI XAML Library (WinUI) are now open source.
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Perhaps we should focus on asking that they bring XAML as an option to Blazor.
Rashad Rivera commented
Come on!!! DO IT!
Microsoft owe it to the developer community to release the code to open source. In addition, MS should do the same for other products that id buries by pulling its support. Products like Windows Phone 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 as well as Microsoft Accounting.
Not happening. Once MS puts a product in coma life support, it's on its way to the graveyard.
MS will say, 'You've had 10 years to move off SilverLight, we're not supporting it and not providing a browser based plugin/desktop plugin anymore'
My local auto dealer will not have oddball car parts for a car they sold 30 years ago. Why should MS?
If one also considers Silverlight-based UIs for Windows Embedded (for POS etc.), there must be more apps out there. MS never seems to have counted apps used in intranets, nor RIA apps, just treated Silverlight as if it was for Flash-style website animations and effects. It would be nice if they could eventually offer a .NET Core + XAML -> WASM solution, however it would still need some work to port stuff like SMF/MMPPF media framework
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There are lot of people who are thinking the Silverlight platform is only for the World Wide Web.
There are billions of applications for intranet. I'm thinking to our large application to visualize the status of industrial processes (status of motors,valves, instrumentation, sensors and so on) in which each process item can be monitored as ui control with the capabilities of communicate with its proper service everywhere in the plant network using wcf. The designer who makes the visualized page of the process have only to drag the items from a toolbox and drop them on the page, then set its properties. Where is a technology which allow you to develope a similar framework (ui controls/design capabilities/communication infrastructure) in a reasonable slice time? Something is moving up, yes, but is experimental. So stop to tell "hey, Silverlight is superseeded",from this point of view it is not true. 6182 people who vote this idea are not stupid.
Well, we want .NET in the browser with XAML UI, it's not about Silverlight itself.
When Microsoft decides to build it (on WASM or integrated as they do with Flash in Edge) we'll be happy to catch up
Matt Anderson commented
There are people who actually want Silverlight to continue!? Why? Silverlight was doomed from the start and never really seemed to catch on. This seems to be like asking for IE6 support to continue. As developers, we see new tech come and go - that's life in the tech industry. Find newer technologies that are actually supported. Silverlight was so minutely used that almost nobody had the installation. MS tried this but the world didn't buy in on it. If they are allowing support until 2021, those of you using it have until 2021 to remove all dependencies. I think this is very generous of MS to allow support so your ancient projects still compile and to give you time to find and test new technologies that are widely supported.
I hear you.
They are spending all this effort on Blazor...running Mono in a browser with WebASM, when what they should have done, was port the Silverlight engine to run on WebAssembly....and retarget Silverlight to use NET Standard/NET core
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If you want something like Silverlight, check out this demo:
Yes, that is XAML running in browser with WebAssembly, powered by NoesisGUI.
It's (almost) full blown WPF, way better than Silverlight.
No. Microsoft will not spend millions of dollars vetting all of the Silverlight source code and releasing it as open source.
Pretending that it costs $0 is a non-starter.
David "Einstein" Burela commented
YAAAAS! What a great Idea. I love silverlight almost as much as I love writing VB macros for MS Access. While they're at it, I hope they open source Internet Explorer 4 and Microsoft BOB too so I can relive the glory days