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Microsoft bringing Silverlight to Symbian

Microsoft bringing Silverlight to Symbian

Future Nokia smartphones which utilise the Symbian operating system could benefit from Microsoft Silverlight, bringing with it access to enhanced mobile internet content.

Smartphones based on version S60 5th Edition of Symbian, which include the Nokia X6 and 5800 will be getting Silverlight via the Ovi Store.

Microsoft has not said whether or not Symbian smartphones manufactured by Nokia's rivals will be getting similar support.

One of the key functions enabled by Silverlight is the ability to play back video encoded in the H.264 high quality format. It will also help advanced online applications from Microsoft's own Bing platform operate on the various Nokia smartphones which are compatible with the new software.

Unsurprisingly, Silverlight will become a significant part of the Windows Phone 7 platform when it arrives in the Autumn and so the exclusivity will not reside with Symbian smartphones for too long.

However, Symbian is going to be something of a proving ground for the mobile use of Microsoft's Silverlight software package, according to Symbian Mobile Blog.

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