There is much discussion today about the benefits of HTML 5 and how it will dramatically improve the capabilities of web-based applications. New ‘media’ tags and offline cached page capabilities will enable a much more enterprise-friendly user experience. However Silverlight still has these new HTML 5 capabilities trumped. It is true that Silverlight is a proprietary technology that is only supported on desktop Operating Systems such as Mac OS X and Windows XP, Vista, 7, and more. However it provides one thing that an HTML 5 standard cannot… more consistent support across the supported OS and browser platforms!
What has your experience with HTML 5 been so far versus your experience developing enterprise Silverlight applications? Which tools do you use for your HTML 5 development? Do you feel you need to throw away Visual Studio in order to do “real” development in Eclipse in order to achieve your project goals?