Next Generation SharePoint, now with HTML and Javascript!

The perennial Microsoft news breaker Mary-Jo Foley has an eye on all things Microsoft and has interpreted through job postings that the next generation of Office will not only support HTML5, but there will be some sort of design application for extending Office applications with HTML5/Javascript probably wysiwyg style. No surprise there. However, a very important bit of perspective here is that Microsoft recently pissed off legions of dotnet developers by announcing that Windows 8 will also support these HTML5/Javascript widgets. One can extrapolate that these widgets will probably run on Windows 8 and Office 15 thereby unifying the developer platform on both. How cool is that!

So now your web parts will be interchangeable between Win8 and SharePoint. What else currently supports Windows and SharePoint. Yep, Silverlight. Based on the recent news that the XAML team was trisected and moved you can kind of see a story developing here. At worst, I would expect Silverlight deprecated. At best, I would expect XAML based applications to build HTML5 compatible apps for Windows and SharePoint. Either way, what we are seeing is a unification of developer stories across Microsoft centered around HTML. Although I’m heavily invested in .Net, I do see this as a positive development all-around. It means that in the future programming will no longer be device specific. My iPhone app will work on my windows 8 device, SharePoint, and presumably, my Windows phone. That’s big news for everyone! This also means that Marc Anderson just became the most powerful man in SharePoint. (like he wasn’t already)


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9 Responses to Next Generation SharePoint, now with HTML and Javascript!

  1. Marc says:

    Wow. I just stumbled on your post from someone’s Twitter RT. I’m the most powerful man in SharePoint? Better raise my rates.


  2. I welcome this with open arms 🙂 I have followed the saga of Silverlight closely and quite frankly just never saw the business case for it. It is really encouraging that Microsoft is getting serious about interoperability and standards. OAUTH, ODATA, JQuery Templates, and all-in support for HTML5 and CSS3 are all great steps in the right direction. Despite some initial fallout, I also see this winning some hearts and minds.

  3. Right on Mike. This was key for the cross browser compatibility required to make Office 365 and SharePoint online a reality.

  4. While it may still be supported in upcoming versions, clearly Microsoft is moving away from Silverlight. And while they may never state openly that Silverlight is being dropped (for now), we all know that when Microsoft shifts attention to a different technology, the technologies left behind are…well….left behind. I’d call that deprecation. Good thing we didn’t base our product strategy on Silverlight. Those who did have probably lost control of their bodily functions about now…

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