Ten Tech Skills Heading the Way of the Dinosaur - 2013 Edition

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Microsoft introduced Silverlight to compete with Adobe Flash and pushed it as a way to develop desktop widgets in Vista, as well as Internet Web pages. Silverlight 5 (the most recent version) was introduced in 2011, and Microsoft plans to support it through 2021, or the browsers' EoL, whichever comes first. (Who runs 10-year-old browsers?) Windows 8 will still run Silverlight on the desktop, but it can't be used with the new Windows Store (aka Metro) apps or on Windows Phone. It is very much a Windows-only technology. In addition, while the market penetration figures look pretty good (about 65 percent, according to Wikipedia), compared with Flash at over 95 percent, it doesn't look so good. As for websites that use it, Silverlight is at 0.3 percent, compared with Flash at 27 percent. Even Flash is being replaced with HTML5, which is also the replacement for Silverlight.

IT is a very fast changing industry - what is hot today may be a tiny niche market in only a few years and things that few have heard of may be huge trends in the same timeframe. There are many new technologies on the way, and that means opportunities for those who watch the coming trends to prepare themselves early on, and thus have experience when the demand picks up. There are many articles devoted to what is hot in the IT industry today, so we won't rehash them here. Instead, Global Knowledge has focused on skills that are going away. If these skills are all you have, you may soon find yourself in an unemployment line. If these skills are the most recent ones you have, NOW is the time to update your skill set and prepare for the future.

This year's top 10 skills that are going the way of the dinosaur (in no particular order) include the following.


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