Silverlight Hits the Mobile — But on Symbian!

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Microsoft has been touting the virtues of Silverlight as a big Adobe Flash replacement for a while. Silverlight can be used much like Flash to create video players, games and other interactive web apps. It has been running on Windows desktop systems and even the Mac, but a mobile version has only just appeared — on the Symbian platform. You heard that right, Microsoft’s own Windows Mobile/Phone platform can’t run Silverlight — Nokia’s Symbian platform is the first mobile platform to get a version.

Silverlight is designed as a platform to produce rich media content in a web format, and Microsoft is pushing it hard. Unfortunately, not only is it not yet available for Microsoft’s own mobile platform, the company has admitted it will not be supported on the upcoming Windows Phone 7 when it launches later this year. Silverlight support will only come sometime after launch, presumably when Microsoft can make it work well with the brand new mobile platform. This doesn’t send a very confident message to mobile app developers.

The Symbian version is available now on the Nokia Ovi Store for free download. It is available for Nokia S60 5th Edition devices, such as the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, Nokia N97 and Nokia N97 Mini.

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