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Symbian S60 gets Microsoft's Silverlight

Microsoft's rich media player arrives for Nokia's 5800, N97, and N97 Mini phones, ahead of Silverlight appearing on any Microsoft-based phones.

Microsoft has released a version of Silverlight for some implementations of the Symbian mobile operating system, meaning its rich media player will appear on Symbian handsets before it reaches Microsoft-based phones.

The port of Microsoft's rival to Flash was made available to users of the Nokia 5800, N97, and N97 Mini handsets, which run the Symbian-based Nokia S60 5th edition, on Tuesday. The application can be downloaded for free from the Ovi Store.

Microsoft's own Windows Mobile operating system does not yet support Silverlight, nor does it support Adobe's Flash. However, the new Windows Phone 7 platform that is due for release later this year will be largely based on Silverlight. No other mobile platform currently supports Silverlight.

Read more of "Symbian S60 gets Microsoft's Silverlight rival to Flash" at ZDNet UK.