Several of my customer and partner contacts have told me they have heard from their own Microsoft sources over the past couple of weeks that Silverlight 5 is the last version of Silverlight that Microsoft will release. They said they are unsure whether there will be any service packs for it, and they are also not clear on how long Silverlight 5 will be supported by Microsoft.
(There’s no end date yet on Microsoft’s lifecycle page for free support for Silverlightfor Silverlight 4. According to the page, Microsoft must give developers and customers a year heads-up before ending support for any given Silverlight version. Free support for Silverlight 3 ended in April 2011.)
So, we're maybe a year or so from losing silverlight altogether. Headlines today are also that Adobe is killing Flash, and working on developing HTML5 tools. Technology is changing, but where will that leave us?
Is WotC going to start work on a new CB platform? Could we see something that would be developed for desktop installation again? Or just something that works in a way to make character sheets portable again (I've never gotten the CB to print-to-pdf with proper margins, for example)?
Does anyone have a wishlist of things they'd like to see in a silverlight-free CB? We could stat submitting demands to the WotC developers well in advance. That way, when MS does slowly choke silverlight to death, we'll all be ready to transition over to a new, supported (universal?) platform for our characters.