Microsoft announced today that that they would be shutting down their Popfly simplified Silverlight programming tooling project:
We want to thank everyone who registered for and used Popfly. We’ve been fortunate enough to see all the innovative mashups, Web pages, and games you’ve created since we launched Popfly two years ago and it’s been a pleasure to watch the spirit of creativity flow through a growing Popfly community over the life of the product.
Unfortunately, on August 24, 2009 the Popfly service will be discontinued and all sites, references, and resources will be taken down. At that time, your access to your Popfly account, including any games and mashups that you have created, will be discontinued.
Popfly seems to have never found an audience presumably because there is a point beyond which you cannot simplify programming if you want to produce something useful.