The Silverlight platform from Microsoft has just benefited from an updated array of developer tools, which will allow third-party firms to make apps for the software giant's next mobile operating system.
The recent Microsoft Mix 10 conference was used as a platform to introduce developers to the updated edition of Silverlight and attendees were told that it would be an integral component in Windows Phone 7 Series.
The XNA gaming framework will be used in tandem with Silverlight for the next-gen platform and Microsoft hopes that cross-platform software will be developed as a result of using these common development tools.
Microsoft's Scott Guthrie said: "By extending our familiar platform technologies and tools to phones, Microsoft is delivering the premier application development experience across a variety of devices and form factors."
Microsoft announced that it would be making a download service comparable to Apple's App Store for use with future smartphones based on its technology.
Developers will be encouraged to create apps and send them in to Microsoft for approval, before they become a permanent feature of the Marketplace.
Advertising may be used to support certain titles, although Microsoft also said that it would offer subscription-based payments where necessary.
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