Nokia to add Microsoft Silverlight to mobile devices

At the Microsoft MIX08 conference, Nokia announced that it will make Microsoft’s Silverlight available on Symbian Series 40 devices, S60 on Symbian smartphones and its Internet tablets (like N800 series). 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 browser plugin that allows the delivery of rich media like animation and videos. Microsoft has pushed Silverlight as an alternative to Adobe’s Flash.

The S60 version will come out first, sometime later this year. Version for S40 and Internet tablets will follow later but availability details remain to be confirmed.

A version of Silverlight for Windows Mobile devices is also expected later this year.

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