It may retain niche applications in gaming and the Xbox platform, but I think that's it.
Of course, Silverlight diehards will point their fingers hard at Windows Phone, but I say it really doesn't matter. The trends seem to show that WP7 is dead in the water:
However, perhaps the most surprising finding of last quarter was that Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 platform was beaten out by Samsung's Bada operating system. According to Gartner, over 2 million Bada-based smartphones were sold last quarter, earning the platform 1.9 percent market share. Windows Phone 7 followed with 1.7 million units sold, helping it to earn 1.6 percent of the market.
The last 12 months have been difficult for Microsoft. According to Gartner, the company's market share just one year ago was 4.9 percent on over 3 million unit sales.
At an anemic 1.6% market share for 2Q11, one has to wonder -- from the perspective of a developer: why waste my time on a platform that has such a trivial market of users? Silverlight is already dying in the wider web. I can't remember the last time I saw a Silverlight enabled web page that wasn't a Microsoft property. But with this news of WP7s declining market share, one has to wonder when the diehards, Silverlight defenders, and (the absolute worst!) the Silverlight evangelists will just give it a rest and stop trying to tell me how awesome it is and how every business wants Silverlight apps and all that nonsense.
One thing is for certain, the market has spoken: Silverlight sucks! Now go away, please (and take Flash with you!).