Microsoft and Nokia Partner Up With Silverlight

March 4th, 2008 at 12:00 am

Nokia has partnered with Microsoft to use Silverlight platform on their S60, S40 and Internet Tablet devices.

Silverlight is a Microsoft product announced last year to become a cross platform rich media development framework to compete directly with Adobe Flash.  With Silverlight available for Linux-based Nokia devices,   it can truly be cross platform as Microsoft claims (remember that Microsoft is really bad with cross platform stuff).

Anyway, Nokia has a press release here and here are some of the important points of the partnership:

"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," says Nokia’s Lee Williams.

"This is an important relationship on so many levels. 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. 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 operating systems, browsers and platforms," says S. Somasegar from Microsoft.

Looks like the mobile is indeed the next frontier for the internet.  More and more of the big companies are setting their sights on the mobile industry, Google today launched Google Gears for mobile.