WPF trends in Windows UI technologies

by abenedik 1. October 2014 11:16

I have just stumbled upon Google trends web site that can show how the search terms change over time.

I thought it would be very useful to check how WPF is working (is it really dead?).

The results were very interesting. Therefore I have decided to share them with:

Google trends for WPF, XAML, WinRT and WinForms


As you can see the worldwide search amount for WPF has decreased a little bit in the last 2 years, but it is still very high. Also its comparison with WinForms and WinRT shows that is used very much. Especially WinRT search volume shows that this was a big fail for Microsoft.

The differences between the countries are also interesting - the decrease of WPF usage was quite high in US, but in Germany WPF search indicates that is still used as much as in its best times.

In the previous image I have excluded Silverlight from the graph. The reason for that is that Silverlight is still getting much more search terms that WPF and would therefore worsen the clarity of the results. Let's see:

Google trends for WPF, XAML, WinRT, WinForms and Silverlight

For me this is very surprising. I was not expecting so much search volume for Silverlight. Maybe the reason for that is that users how build WPF or WinForms applications are many times searching for with .Net or c# search term, but when they search for Silverlight, they use this keyword more times because of the differences between standard .Net and Silverlight's version of .Net.


The Google trends web site is very interesting and can show many insights into what is in. Check it by yourself - the following link shows the last graph with Silverlight included: https://www.google.com/trends/explore#q=WPF%2C%20WinRT%2C%20XAML%2C%20WinForms%2C%20Silverlight&cmpt=q



Licensing model and price changes comming on 1st June 2009

by abenedik 18. May 2009 20:32

Licensing model and prices are going to changes on 1st June 2009.

All the products except ZoomPanel will be divided into four types:

  • Basic Viewer application license will provide basic converter application.
  • Professional Viewer application license will provide fully featured converter application.
  • Basic library license will contain the conversion library (Reader) with basic functionality that could be used in your own applications. The basic Viewer application will be also included.
  • Professional library license will contain fully featured conversion library (Reader) that could be used in your own applications. The Professional Viewer application will be also included.


If you will only need to convert a few svg files into xaml for your Silverlight application, you will choose Basic ViewerSvg Application for $79.00.

If you need to read dynamically generated svg files in your WPF application, also need to get object names defined in svg file and other advanced features, the Professional ReaderSvg library for $399.00 will be the best choice.

So the new licensing model is much more flexible. It will be possible to buy basic converter applications for much lower price and complete converter solution with library for higher price.

The preview of the new licensing model with detailed features information can be seen on the new purchase page.

Until the 1st June 2009, all the purchases can be still done on the current purchase page. On the 1st June 2009 the page will be upgraded to support new licensing model.


The owners of the current licenses could still use all the features of the pro library license and could also get all the updated just as having the pro library license.

This means that if you need the pro library license, now it is the best time to buy the library because you will get the pro library features for much lower price. But if you only need a simple converter application, it is worth waiting until the 1st June.

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