Many businesses are relying on Microsoft Silverlight and until few month ago, Microsoft did not have a clear support policy for Silverlight, well now we have it.
Silverlight is unique compared to other products in the sense it is serviced through new version releases (so new releases not only add functionality but also fix issues in previous versions). This allows Silverlight applications to continue to run correctly regardless of the runtime version.
The official languages is provided here: "Microsoft will continue to support all versions of Silverlight by shipping updates to the latest version of both Silverlight runtime and Silverlight SDK. Updates and new versions of the Silverlight runtime are backward compatible with web applications built in previous versions of Silverlight and will include the latest security enhancements, performance improvements, and product fixes. Previous versions that are still under support will be updated in the event the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) determines vulnerability has been found in Silverlight."
You can read the full details here: http://support.microsoft.com/gp/lifean45
November brought a lot of change to my life: After 5 years in the Silverlight team (and a short stint dealing with cloud hosting that you will hear about in early 2011) I joined the Office engineering team, helping the team to deliver some great experiences in the next release of Office. Also, in November, I became a father for the 3rd time with a little girl that joined her bigger brother and even bigger sister. I am excited about these changes because it will allow me to experience new things, meet new people (literally in the case of my new daughter) and provide an opportunity for me to make a positive impact on people's lives and on our world (isn't that why we are all here?). You can expect me to switch gears also with my writing to focus on things that I encounter. I have not forgot my roots with developers, and I will try to continue to be of value to my readers. I promise.
The Silverlight Advertising Creation Kit (SACK) is now available for download.
The SACK is targeting designers and ad creation agencies and discusses several aspects of creating ads using Silverlight. Step-by-step instructions are provided throughout so no previous knowledge of Visual Studio, Blend or Silverlight is required. Sample projects are also included for each of the sections. The following topics are addressed:
• Creating Polite Ads
• Tracking Actions (Event Handling)
• Ad synchronization
• clickTAG Support
• Expanding Ads
• Optimization Techniques
This document supplements the Silverlight Ad Publishing and Serving Guide, which specifies how to serve ads to a client page. The Silverlight Ad Publishing and Serving Guide is available for download here.
This is the great work of Dan Penn who is leading this space in our product team.