Microsoft Pulls the Plug on Silverlight.Net; Plans to Sell Surface in Third-Party Stores

Microsoft has closed its Silverlight.Net site, a primary web resource for its Silverlight browser plug-in and development framework.A Microsoft spokesperson issued the following statment on the sudden closer of the site stating (via):"In order to streamline access to online resources for the Silverlight community, we've consolidated our Silverlight content with the library of information on […]

Microsoft has closed its Silverlight.Net site, a primary web resource for its Silverlight browser plug-in and development framework.

A Microsoft spokesperson issued the following statment on the sudden closer of the site stating (via):

"In order to streamline access to online resources for the Silverlight community, we've consolidated our Silverlight content with the library of information on MSDN. On October 2nd, we communicated to our customers that we would be merging Silverlight.net with MSDN, and completed this migration on October 31st.

"We realize that some of our customers may have experienced challenges accessing links to content that had resided on the original Silverlight site. We apologize for any inconvenience and we're working to resolve these issues for our customers.

"The consolidation of this content does not impact Microsoft's Silverlight offering. We released Silverlight 5 in December 2011 and we've committed to supporting Silverlight into the year 2021."

Microsoft is also reported of changing its current Surface distribution strategy, (limited distribution system, only via Microsoft's retail and online stores) as early as 2013.

Paul Thurrott said that "Microsoft might soon start selling its very first tablet in history beyond its Store network. What's more, Microsoft is also planning to expand the Surface product family with some other products, including smaller tablets with 7- or 8-inch screens."

While it's not yet clear that Microsoft plans to do the same thing with the Surface Pro that will be unveiled in January, the Surface RT will most likely make it to other stores around the world in early 2013.