I know it has been a little while since I last posted. This is because I have now take a contract job and so have been working full time for the last six weeks. This will continue for at least another couple of months and if they offer a contract extension I will certainly accept it.

As anyone in the component development industry will tell you the demand for WinForms controls has been on the slide for a few years. It has not been a crash, with sales falling off a cliff, but the demand peaked a few years ago and it has been slowly running downhill. In itself this is not surprising as WPF is capable of taking the place of WinForms for desktop development work. Plus you have the inexorable rise of Internet applications with Silverlight providing a rich web application platform for .NET developers.

A year ago sales were enough to pay me the same as a senior developer position. That is no longer the case and with WinForms sales trending downward that is not going to change. Hence I have entered the job market again. This does not mean the end of Krypton. I will still be working on Krypton and making new releases. But it does perhaps mean the end of major new additions. It is going to be tough to write a major component such as a Grid control when you are working on it only in your spare time.

14 Responses to “Change in status”

  1. Steve Says:

    Krypton is a very nice tool. Just ordered a new license. :)

  2. Prakash Says:

    Hi Phil,

    Like many, I have used your toolkit for a while till moving on to wpf/silverlight. However there is some light, with win8 preview from the Build it looks like winforms may not be totally lost, if win8 is to be a winner.

    So advancing the toolkit to metro before win8 release is something alot of people might look, as it can be the path of lease effort for developers like myself to move legacy apps across.


  3. Robert Says:

    First: Hope all is well with you Phill

    Love your controls. Been using for quit some time.
    Any comments to let us know the future, so we can continue to support you and your work….

    Any bit of update at all would be great.

    Have a wonderful day


  4. Nice Says:

    I love it.. Would be great advantage if it will have listview and treeview
    and some nice grid component. if some one Kryptonize then SuperList and supertreeview is there in CodePlex by LeePaulAlexander.

  5. Flemming Says:

    Hi Phil

    I was sorry to hear you switched to a contract job.
    I love you controls and we use them in a major application we sell here in Scandinavia :)

    Seriously, what does it take to get you back?

    How many of your serious customers need to pay USD 500 a month to keep you alive?

    Why dont you think of some business case that can keep you doing your Krypton Controls…..


  6. Marc Ordan Says:

    We used krypton suite(Trial version) on our Thesis project, the funny part is the trial expired prompt pops during our presentation haha! but everything went fine after that.

    Felt sad after reading this post, but hey great tool phil! goodluck and God bless!

  7. Scott Says:

    It would be great to be able to purchase just the Navigator. Love the rest of the toolkit, but quite a step up for free to $499 for the one control.

  8. Randy Thon Says:

    Thank you! The suite works excellent and saves me a great deal of time as I build winform applications. A news ticker that would smoothly scroll updateable information would be a greatly added feature for the future. Continue your great work as I look forward to future releases. I wish you well in the future.

  9. kevin Says:

    Will there be a visual studio 2012 compatible version and by when ?

  10. foobah Says:

    Great toolkit. I have just renewed my license now, and I check my record and found out I have been renewing license since 2007. Unless required by the project, I still use krypton on winform. Much faster and easy to construct than WPF+MVVM imho.

  11. Dan Says:

    +1 for a 2012 version! I was working on a project and was about to purchase but just upgraded to 2012 to find its not compatible :-(

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