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How log are WPF Controls going to continue to actively get new features?

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Stephen Schaff
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Stephen Schaff asked on 07 Mar 2012, 05:03 PM
It is painfully clear that Microsoft is dumping WPF into the "Maintenance Only" bin (in favor of Metro).

Is Telerik going to follow suit?  I realize that some of your resources have to be devoted to the new Metro stuff.  But Metro is not a good fit for may Enterprise scenarios.

I am about to start a brand new, very large, enterprise level app with WPF.  Because of this, I would like to know how long Telerik will be giving WPF "First Class" level resources.

Is Telerik able to commit to a time line of how long they will continue to actively and aggressively develop new features and products for WPF developers? 

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Nikolay
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answered on 12 Mar 2012, 02:59 PM
Hi,

In our opinion this is definitively not the case. Metro apps are mostly for mobile devices while WPF, Silverlight and Winforms will still dominate the desktop applications. Therefore we have serious plans for our Silverlight and WPF portfolios. As you can see in the product support lifecycle diagrams we'll continue to heavily invest in Silverlight 5 and WPF 4. We strongly believe that Silverlight and WPF will continue to be seen as one of the best platforms for line-of-business application development on .NET.

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answered on 22 Mar 2012, 03:49 AM
Nick, thanks, that's good to hear.  I can't see any alternative to wpf/winforms for desktop apps, especially lob apps, until *starting* windows 9 at earliest.  and if features are not going to being added to wpf by ms during that time, it's all the more useful to have telerik make up for it during what I think will be a relatively chaotic, messy, uncertain time (for windev).

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