Microsoft To Bring Flash Rival To iPhone

Silverlight getting the go-ahead.

Could this be the answers to so many prayers?

Following Jobsy’s rather brutal smack down of Adobe Flash (and all its forms) it seems Microsoft, of all companies, is looking to ride to the rescue.

“We’re interested in taking Silverlight across all available platforms, not just Windows Mobile handsets – as we have shown with the Nokia deal,” said Microsoft Expression project manager John Allwright in an interview with Tech Radar. “I don’t know a lot about it, but the licensing model on the iPhone is challenging and that could be an obstacle. But in terms of the SDK, we will certainly take a look at it and see if we can get Silverlight running on the iPhone.”

You’ll notice a few caveats in there (read: we don’t want to give Apple 30 per cent) but the company certainly seems convinced of the saleability of its Adobe basher. What’s more, Microsoft has been spurred on by the popularity of Silverlight with Allwright stating that it is being downloaded up to 1.5m times ”per day”.

“The first Silverlight was all about HD video, but with the .NET framework and the set of controls in place for Silverlight 2 – it’s a much more viable platform,” he concluded. Fingers’ crossed people.

In related (yet contrasting) news Sun is also using the SDK to develop a functionality no-one wants: Java *shudder*. The move would mean the raft of (s)hideous(/s) (s)inefficient(/s) (s)simplistic(/s) apps in the JME locker would be unleashed on Apple’s pride and joy. Let that thought rattle around your head…

Yep, like you, I now feel compelled to take a long shower.


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