Silverlight on Nokia Phones

March 4, 2008

Wow! this is quite some news. Never imagined something like this to happen.

Microsoft Silverlight, the cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering next-generation media experiences and rich interactive applications will now be available for S60 on Symbian OS, the world’s leading smartphone software, 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. This move will enable S60 application developers to use a wider range of dev environments.

Here’s the offiicial press release from Nokia.

This is BIG for Microsoft and Silverlight, as the collaboration with Nokia will enable taking the Silverlight experience to millions of users on devices which will be used everyday by end users. This will also be a lithmus test for Silverlight for ensuring it’s cross platform compatibility.

I think that is a great move, which will enable mobile users to see their applications move to the next level of user experience and usability.  I am personally looking forward to seeing some great mobile apps built on Silverlight. Some demos are expected at the MIX.

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