Microsoft Splits Up XAML Team, Sending Part to Windows And Part to Windows Phone

Microsoft on June 20 split up its XAML team, sending part of it to Windows, part to Windows Phone and leaving part in the Developer Division, revealed an e-mail from Developer Division chief Soma Somasegar dated June 20.XAML -- the eXtensible Markup Language -- XAML is the language behind the visual presentation of an application […]

Microsoft on June 20 split up its XAML team, sending part of it to Windows, part to Windows Phone and leaving part in the Developer Division, revealed an e-mail from Developer Division chief Soma Somasegar dated June 20.

XAML -- the eXtensible Markup Language -- XAML is the language behind the visual presentation of an application that you develop in Microsoft Expression Blend, just as HTML is the language behind the visual presentation of a Web page. XAML is used by WPF and its Silverlight sibling.

Here's the e-mail from Somaseagar, sent to me by a contact requesting confidentiality:

According to MJFoley, who has received the above quoted e-mail:

The "team working on XAML technologies for Windows" referred to in the Somasegar e-mail includes the Jupiter team (Jupiter is a new UI library for Windows, as of Windows 8)….

….according to another June 20 e-mail from Julie Larson-Green, the cvp, Windows Experience on the Windows client team, the part of the XAML team that's going to Windows team "will continue their work on Windows 8 as planned and will join our Developer Experience (DEVX) team. This transition allows us to bring together our platform development team in a single-management structure."

….The team working on XAML for Windows Phone, Xbox and "browser plug-in" are now part of the Windows Phone team, which isn't in Windows. So XAML (and Silverlight) are still alive in the phone/gaming space.

Kevin Gallo, just a month ago, was referred to in a Microsoft Server and Tools reorg memo as the guy heading up the "Client Platform Team" in the Developer Division, following Scott Guthrie's transition to the Windows Azure team. His Linkedin Profile lists him as the "General Manager of Silverlight." So that means the Silverlight team seems to no longer be in the Developer Division. Gallo was moved to the Windows Phone development team, given that's where the Silverlight plug-in is going.

[Via: All About Microsoft]