Microsoft Silverlight: Barred from Apple iPhone, evaluating on Google Android

Microsoft has been angling to get Silverlight on to the iPhone, but has been rebuffed by Apple; and is now evaluating Google Android. This would be a significant step on Microsoft’s recent path to decouple some of its key software technologies from Windows, a strategy adopted painfully, and largely geared to the mobile world, where […]

Microsoft has been angling to get Silverlight on to the iPhone, but has been rebuffed by Apple; and is now evaluating Google Android. This would be a significant step on Microsoft’s recent path to decouple some of its key software technologies from Windows, a strategy adopted painfully, and largely geared to the mobile world, where Windows has failed to gain the dominance it has on the PC.

Scott Guthrie, VP of Microsoft’s .Net developer division, said in an interview that it was unlikely Silverlight would turn up on the iPhone, but that Microsoft was “keeping a watchful eye” on Android and could even get Silverlight on to the first Android phone, the T-Mobile G1, made by HTC – a long term close partner of the Windows company. Silverlight 2.0 is already running in the Google Chrome browser, a would-be challenger to Internet Explorer.

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