Microsoft's Flash competitor
still not available for Windows Mobile (except Microsoft internal Betas), Nokia
today announced plans to make Microsoft Silverlight available for S60 on Symbian
OS smartphones as well as for Series 40 devices and Nokia Internet tablets.
Adding support for Silverlight will extend opportunities for developers to
create rich, interactive applications that run on multiple platforms in a
consistent and reliable way.
Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering
next-generation media experiences and rich interactive applications.
Silverlight is already powering thousands of applications around the world
and organizations including Entertainment Tonight, the NBA and NBC Universal to
deliver superior Web-based experiences to their customers. The arrangement with
Nokia will substantially extend the reach of Silverlight by making the platform
available for hundreds of millions of devices, including S60 on Symbian
smartphones from a range of manufacturers, as well as Nokia Series 40 devices
and Nokia Internet tablets.
Microsoft will demonstrate Silverlight on S60 during the opening keyote at
Microsoft's MIX08 conference on March 5 in Las Vegas. Silverlight is intended to
be available to S60 developers later this year with initial service delivery
anticipated shortly thereafter for all S60 licensees. This will allow S60
application developers to use an even wider range of development environments
for S60 on Symbian OS than today. Today S60 developers can use: C++ (using
native Symbian OS APIs and Open C providing subset of standard POSIX libraries),
S60 Web Run-time (supporting standards-based web technologies such as Ajax,
Microsoft Silverlight availability for Nokia Series 40 devices and Nokia
Internet tablets will be confirmed later. Now I wonder when Microsoft will
announce Silverlight's Windows Mobile availability?
Cheers ~ Arne