Last year I got the opportunity to ask Scott whether Microsoft had any plans to revive JScript.NET, or to implement a .NET version of ActionScript to enable the easy porting of Flash to Silverlight. The answer was sadly disappointing: he hoped the community would develop an ActionScript compiler for .NET. That disappointment aside, it was great fun to ask the question, so I plan on trying to ask another this year.
Two questions immediately spring to mind, and I’m unsure which one to ask:
- Last year Scott described Linux as the “arch friend” of Microsoft. Whilst IE 8 has embraced HTML 4 standards, there seems little noise from Microsoft regarding future technologies such as HTML 5. Mozilla seem to be growing ever more impatient with this, even resorting to developing a plugin for IE to enable it to support the HTML 5 canvas element, as Microsoft seem reluctant to do so themselves. Does the IE team have plans to become more future-orientated and to see Mozilla as an arch friend too; or is it likely to remain an arch enemy?
If you have any thoughts on which one I should pick, please do let me know via a comment. Also I’ve added these two questions to the Remix UK backnetwork. If you are going to Remix, don’t forget you can sign up to the backnetwork too and add your questions to the list. One or more of them might get read out at the session after all.