What demise of .NET has to do with “Microsoft Money”?. Indirectly here seems to be some connection. Selfishly speaking I am not that bothered. Simply because I was never an .NET lemming’
I think that all this “desktop html deviation”, that bothers .NET XAML lemmings a lot, has started all the way back with “MS Money”. (Yes, yes, we are that old are we not?) MS Money was almost 100% HTA, with some special ActiveX inside. All cleverly packaged in its own special host, very much like mshta.exe is today. That was before C#, “good” old WinForms and those were the hard times, when MFC was considered the ultimate weapon for building WIN32 UI.
MS Money it seems got carried away. Much further than some Microsoft “managed platform” cough architects cough, liked. It was, and still is, very popular personal finances software with large fan base in existence even today. Just to to be mysteriously stopped ?
If some of you think I had too much coffee (again) please see THIS. Especially this paragraph is very indicative (aka peculiar)
The interface will be familiar to anyone who has used Microsoft online – it looks like a webpage and, given the program’s high degree of web integration, it can sometimes be difficult to tell if you are online or not.(!)
Imagine Microsoft taking Ms Money out of the vault, re-releasing it as Windows8 App, and best of all, publishing the whole experience !