Microsoft, Nokia to port Silverlight to Symbian phones

Microsoft, Nokia to port Silverlight to Symbian phones

Summary: Microsoft already has said it will port its Silverlight competitor to Adobe Flash to Windows Mobile phones. But it also is working on a Silverlight port to phones from cellphone market leader Nokia.

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Microsoft already has said it will port its Silverlight competitor to Adobe Flash to Windows Mobile phones. But it also is working on a Silverlight port to phones from cellphone market leader Nokia.

Microsoft will announce on March 4 that, with the help of Nokia, it has begun porting Silverlight to the S60s running the Symbian operating system. Microsoft's press release says that Nolia's S60 had more than 53 percent of worldwise market share for "converged device software" in the fourth quarter of lst year. Microsoft and Nokia also will port Silverlight to Nokia Series 40 and Internet tablet devices, Microsoft said.

While Microsoft previously has said it will make the Silverlight browser plug-in available for Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari systems, Nokia's S60s feature a built-in, unbranded browser that doesn't all into any of these categories. So this port is yet another one to add to the Silverlight "cross-platform" list. Will Microsoft do something similar with Silverlight and the Apple iPhone?

John Case, a General Manager in Microsoft's Developer Division, said, "Nolia is the first one, but it won't be the last."

Case said the first Community Technology Preview (CTP) test build of Silverlight on Windows Mobile would be coming out some time soon. Case said the final versions of Silverlight for both Symbian and Windows Mobile devices would ship around the same time.

Nokia is the far-and-away leader in the smartphone space. Windows Mobile phones have fallen behind the iPhone, in terms of both worldwide and U.S. marketshare.

Microsoft is slated to demonstrate Silverlight on S60 during the opening keyote at Microsoft’s Mix '08 conference on March 5. The final release of the Silverlight port to S60s is due later this year. The Nokia Series 40 and Internet tablets will get Silverlight some time after that, the Softies said.

Topics: Tablets, Hardware, Software Development, Software, Operating Systems, Nokia, Mobility, Microsoft, Laptops, Windows

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Yeah

    This is a really good news! I got three Symbian S60 smartphones, and I really want to see silverlight on them! Hope there will be a beta version soon. Bye
    xazac
  • RE: Microsoft, Nokia to port Silverlight to Symbian phones

    This is awesome! I can't wait!
    silent.griffin
  • Nokia

    [url=http://nseries.com/open]Open to Anything[/url]
    D T Schmitz
  • Windows Mobile outsold iPhone 3.5 to 1

    "Windows Mobile phones have fallen behind the iPhone, in terms of both worldwide and U.S. marketshare."

    Um. No.

    2H2007 Worldwide Sales
    iPhone - 4 million
    Windows Mobile - 14.3 million
    Mike Galos
  • Wonderful. Silverlight is awesome

    Can't wait to see it on my phone.
    quikboy
  • RE: Microsoft, Nokia to port Silverlight to Symbian phones

    Can we put the iPhones outsells WinMo phone myth to rest, please?

    iPhones outsold WinMo in the first quarter the iPhone came out - IN THE US. Sales of the iPhone are flattening and will continue to do so once the novelty factor wears out and other makers product comparable products (and no - please don't cite the iPod experience - they're not the same and it's very simplistic to try and compare them).

    As one Microsoft rep put it so clearly: iPhones have sold around 2m - there are over 14m WiMo phones out there. Both of these pale compared to Symbian and private build phone OSes.

    WiMo's real competition in the smartphone class (which, until there's an SDK and a way to easily install apps not sanctioned by Apple, the iPhone is not) is the Blackberry which also outsells the iPhone.
    TheWerewolf
  • Still don't see how Microsoft plans to make Silverlight competitive?

    Are there any websites that utilize Silverlight besides Microsoft's own?

    - John Musbach
    John Musbach