Microsoft’s Silverlight technology is now available on Symbian^1 (S60 5th Edition) phones through Nokia Beta labs.
If you don’t know what Silverlight is, it’s a cross-browser, cross-platform implementation of the .NET Framework for building media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web. The current beta version should run on Nokia’s touch phones like the 5800 XM, Nokia N97 and Nokia N97 Mini. With Silverlight on your mobile you can now run applications built for this platform.
This also means that developers who already have built applications on Silverlight can quickly get them moved to the Symbian platform without having to rewrite the whole application for the mobile platform. Silverlight includes a runtime that is optimized to display content on memory-constrained devices.
Silverlight support for Nokia Symbian^1 devices currently includes:
- The ability to view Silverlight applications in the mobile browser.
- Tools to build Silverlight applications that target devices.
Since this is still a beta release, there may still be bugs around, so be sure you report them so they can be fixed in future releases.
Here are some links which can learn more about Silverlight and downloads:
- Silverlight Site – http://silverlight.net
- Download Silverlight for Symbian – Beta (device installer)
- Download Silverlight Beta Developer Tools for Symbian