Evans Data official says Microsoft's support of its products will
drive the growth of the company's alternative to Adobe Flash over the
next 18 months.
Despite Adobe Flash's dominance in the world of rich Internet
applications, Microsoft's competing offering, Silverlight, is expected
to triple its market share, according to a market researcher.
In an interview with eWEEK, John Andrews, president and CEO of Evans
Data, said that over the next 12 to 18 months, Silverlight should
triple its market share.
"Flash is the incumbent, the leader," Andrews said. "If you look at
Flex, AIR [Adobe Integrated Runtime], Silverlight and Eclipse RCP [Rich
Client Platform], all of them have smaller market share. But if you
look at the next 12 to 18 months, they just about double their current
market share. And interesting enough, Silverlight almost triples.
Silverlight is very, very popular with this Web 2.0 technology
Andrews based his claims on Evans Data research.
He also said much of the success Silverlight will see will be not
only due to Microsoft marketing but to the fact that "Microsoft
supports its products very well."
Moreover, "many people think about Microsoft as not the
innovator-which they aren't in many cases-but, boy, they're the fastest
follower you can find," Andrews said. "When you look at developer
support and quality of product, and then you look at how those products
tie back into the stack so easily, it really facilitates the
productivity of these developers."