- 4 Mar 08, 10:53 GMT
Silverlight has been dubbed a "flash killer" and while that's an ambitious claim it also underestimates Microsoft's own plans for the product, which it hopes will become the default platform for the next generation of rich web applications.
We're going to hear a lot more about Silverlight in the coming week at Mix 08 in Las Vegas, including some new applications for the platform.
But this first announcement is a powerful message to the internet industry. Because Nokia's phones, and specifically those running the S60 operating system, have a dominant place in the market, with more than 53% of the market share.
It means that Silverlight could well become the standard platform for web development on a phone and that in turn could have a knock on effect on the PC because smartphone sales will overtake laptop sales any day now.
And interestingly it also means that the distinction between the web and the mobile web could soon be at an end - because one of the aims of Silverlight is the creation of rich web applications that are totally independent of browser, operating system and physical hardware.
It could mean that the latest cool web 2.0 application that you've been playing with on your Mac or PC will run just as well on your mobile phone.
The meaty sub-plot to this is what this all means for Adobe's Air, its next generation web application platform.
Adobe has already signed up some big players to Air, such as eBay, but the mobile dimension is a big one.
So this feels like a good round for Silverlight, without actually being a knockout blow.
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