So I have been standing at the end of a fork for a year peering down a corner looking at this way and that way trying to figure out where I fit in. I was so enthusiastic and excited about Silverlight when it came out. It was this amazing awesome technology that had this really cool animation and webcam/multimedia piece. I thought if I put my money on Silverlight it’s going somewhere, then HTML 5 came out and the wind shifted. I realized times were changing.
The answer is mobile technology. For some reason I was resisting change and I have no idea why. I guess I really wanted to see more than one player. I didn’t quite feel that Microsoft was ready with Windows Phone 7. It was a great start, but it just didn’t feel like they went all the way. Now with Windows 8 it feels like they are at version 2.0. It’s like hitting Silverlight 2.0 where they finally added the .Net bits. The path is paved, but we don’t know where it’s leading. Then we had 3.0, 4.0, and 5.0 to mature the technology into what it is today (man I’m hoping they are going to roll some of the cool bits into other tech if they don’t exist).
Anyway, I’m on board, but I’m not buying a Windows Tablet just yet. I was hoping for a 7 inch screen from Apple around $300 or just above and a 7 inch screen from the MS side around the same price. What I got was the Apple side, but nothing from Microsoft. I was pretty disappointed with the $500 market price on the RT version. I realized Microsoft is close, but not quite where Apple is today. Yes the devices have Office that they are offering, but the sticker is just too much for a first generation device. If you guys remember correctly the first generation iPad was quite expensive. I guess for a 1st generation device $500 is pretty good.
So I guess what I’m trying to say is that I am shifting my focus entirely away from Silverlight and more towards mobile. I will be doing a lot of postings on iOS, Windows 8, and Windows Phone 8 with SharePoint 2013. Since I don’t have a tablet and don’t foresee myself buying one just yet it might be mostly on the phones for right now. I want to do a bunch of testing on various devices on what needs to be done in apps on each device. I might add a bit on porting code from one to the other. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun and make things flow a little better for me. In a way it’s kind of like Star Trek 6 where they talk about the Undiscovered Country. I’m going to jump forward completely and see where I land.