Silverlight arrives on Symbian

Microsoft’s Flash rival, Silverlight, is now available for selected Nokia handsets.

Silverlight arrives on Symbian

While Apple is battling it out with Adobe over Flash, Microsoft is quietly trying to win market share with Silverlight.

The new mobile version of Silverlight only works on Symbian^1, which corresponds to the fifth generation of Nokia’s S60 platform.

While that only covers the Nokia 5800XpressMusic, N97 and N97 mini, those handsets are owned by more than 20 million customers, the Microsoft Silverlight team said in a blog post.

Silverlight for Symbian offers hardware-assisted media playback, smooth streaming and rich web apps, including a news application from Bing.

Silverlight hasn’t yet arrived on Microsoft’s own mobile platform, but will be fully integrated into Windows Phone 7 when it arrives later this year. Open-source Symbian^3 is set to arrive in the third quarter of this year on the Nokia N8.

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