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Microsoft Releases Silverlight for Symbian Phones

Microsoft has issued a version of its Silverlight web application framework designed for mobile phone handsets based on the Symbian mobile OS.

The company released a Silverlight port for Nokia 5800, N97 and N97 mini devices running the fifth edition of Nokia's S60 Symbian Linux-based mobile phone OS. Silverlight for Symbian is available as a free download from Nokia's Ovi app store.

Microsoft's own smartphone platform, Windows Mobile, so far provides no support for Silverlight or even Adobe's Flash.

The release of its port to Symbian indicates that Microsoft is planning to promote Silverlight on rival devices before the launch of its own Windows Phone 7, which will be heavily based on the platform.

ZD Net UK (opens in new tab) has also reported that the Silverlight for Symbian released by Microsoft comes with support for H.264 video format used by YouTube and Microsoft's own IIS Smooth Streaming extension.

Developers will be able to come up with media-rich Silverlight applications for the 20 million users of Nokia 5800 and N97 handsets around the globe.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.