On Our Cross Plat Commitment

When I joined Microsoft and started talking about Silverlight, many in the Mac community expressed skepticism about Microsoft’s long-term commitment to the Mac platform. In its most rabid form, the concern was that we were supporting the Mac only preemptively and would drop our support for the Mac as soon as enough Mac developers embraced it (!)

So, 2.5 years later, with the worst not having happened, I have renewed my personal pledge to make sure, to the best of my ability, that Silverlight not only continues to work on the Mac but looks and feels like a Mac app. 

Since I love the Mac, and I love Win7, and I really wanted a Working Laptop2 single machine to walk around with, I recently invested (personally) in a MacBook Pro and put enough RAM in it to happily run both Operating Systems simultaneously.  Here it is at my office with a 24” Cinema display, running both operating systems and pleasing me no end.

I absolutely understand company loyalty (and loving the Mac is not disloyal to Microsoft) but I tend to believe that we do best in recognizing the strengths of our allies and our competition. To quote from a Daft Punk: *

Work it, make it, do it, makes us
Harder, better, faster, stronger

Very much looking forward to PDC – look for me in the The Big Room or check for me on Twitter: @JesseLiberty



* In the original posting I attributed these words to Kanye West. This was a happy mistake, as your corrections led me to the music of Daft Punk

About Jesse Liberty

Jesse Liberty has three decades of experience writing and delivering software projects and is the author of 2 dozen books and a couple dozen Pluralsight & LinkedIn Learning courses. He was a Senior Technical Evangelist for Microsoft, a Distinguished Software Engineer for AT&T, a VP for Information Services for Citibank and a Software Architect for PBS. He is a Xamarin Certified Mobile Developer and a Xamarin MVP and a Microsoft MVP.
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