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Nokia, Microsoft bring Silverlight to smart phones

Posted: 06 Mar 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:smart phone? Silverlight? Symbian OS?

Nokia Corp. and Microsoft Corp. have partnered to make Silverlight available for S60 on Symbian OS 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.

Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering next-generation media experiences and rich interactive applications. Silverlight is already powering thousands of applications around the world and organizations including Entertainment Tonight, the NBA and NBC Universal to deliver superior Web-based experiences to their customers. The arrangement with Nokia will substantially extend the reach of Silverlight by making the platform available for hundreds of millions of devices, including S60 on Symbian smart phones from a range of manufacturers, as well as Nokia Series 40 devices and Nokia Internet tablets.

"Today's consumers are very clear in what they want: easy access to tightly integrated services and data on any device," said Lee Williams, senior VP in Nokia's devices software organization. "Nokia's software strategy is based on cross-platform development environments, enabling the creation of rich applications across the Nokia device range. Nokia aims to support market leading and content rich internet application environments and to embrace and encourage open innovation. By working with Microsoft, we are creating terrific opportunities and additional choices for the development community, S60 licensees and the industry as a whole."

"Working with Nokia means we are easily able to reach a huge number of mobile users, including customers of all S60 licensees. This is a significant step in gaining broad acceptance for Silverlight and ensuring it is platform agnostic," said S. Somasegar, senior VP of Microsoft's developer division. "This is critical since we want to make sure developers and designers don't have to constantly recreate the wheel and build different versions of applications and services for multiple OS, browsers and platforms."

Silverlight is intended to be available to S60 developers later this year with initial service delivery anticipated shortly thereafter for all S60 licensees. This will allow S60 application developers to use a wider range of development environments for S60 on Symbian OS.




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