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Microsoft Considers Silverlight For Android, Says iPhone Not Likely

When Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) didn’t integrate Adobe’s (NSDQ: ADBE) Flash into the iPhone, it seemed Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) may have an opportunity for its competing Silverlight technology, but now it is appearing unlikely that neither will work with Apple, and instead Microsoft is turning its attention to Google’s (NSDQ: GOOG) Android operating system. Microsoft’s Scott Guthrie told that Apple is not close to integrating plug-ins like Silverlight and Adobe’s Flash into its Safari mobile browser. Guthrie: “They might in the future, but right now it isn’t an option for any vendor and so if they let us we’ll definitely come…”Until they open it up to third-party plug-ins, like Silverlight and Flash, we’re both prevented from running there.”

On the other hand, Microsoft will consider developing something for Google’s Android operating system, which is open-source and therefore easier to work with. Guthrie: “[The] Google phone is slightly different. “It’s more of an open platform, that is something we’re going to continue to look at. Certainly as it’s gotten deployed and if sales are good we’ll definitely keep our eyes out and look at that in the future.”