WPF is the only platform for desktop applications now and clearly the development community is in cross roads now as there is no roadmap from Microsoft for the future of WPF or its replacement. WinRT is projected as the next desktop/mobile platform but not is it where everyone needs to jump on ?
This article from Scott Barnes who was a program manager for WPF/Silverlight throws some light on this topic.
- Is this what really happened to Silverlight? (liveside.net)
- The Unofficial Windows 8 Developer FAQ
- WPF – what is really changed ?