MySpace announced Monday a twofold partnership with Microsoft: first, a MySpace mobile application for, and second, support for Microsoft's Silverlight technology in the News Corp.-owned social network's developer platform.
The Windows Mobile application will be available this summer for Windows Mobile 6.1 phones and then more broadly in the fall. It'll be preloaded onmanufactured by LG, too. The app joins existing MySpace mobile products for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Sidekick, Palm, and Nokia handsets.
As for the Silverlight announcement, this means that developers building applications for MySpace's platform--which is based on --have access to Adobe Flash competitor.
The announcements themselves are fairly mundane. But here's what's really interesting: Microsoft, which was at one point the second-place name in social networking--behind MySpace. But while MySpace still has more users in the U.S., Facebook is now .
In recent months, perhaps as a reaction to Facebook's explosive growth and domination of the social-networking landscape, MySpace has been making numerous efforts to return to.