Nokia today announced plans to make Microsoft® Silverlight™ available for S60 on Symbian OS, as well as for Series 40 devices and Nokia Internet tablets.

S60 has shipped on more smart phones than any other platform. Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering media experiences and interactive applications. Adding support for Silverlight will extend opportunities for developers to create multi-platform applications.

Microsoft will demonstrate Silverlight on S60 during the opening keynote at Microsoft’s sold-out MIX08 conference on March 5, 2008 in Las Vegas. Silverlight is intended to be available to S60 developers later this year with initial service delivery anticipated shortly thereafter for all S60 licensees. This will allow S60 application developers to use an even wider range of development environments for S60 on Symbian OS than today. Today S60 developers can use C++ (using native Symbian OS APIs and Open C providing subset of standard POSIX libraries), S60 Web Run-time (supporting standards-based web technologies such as Ajax, JavaScript, CSS and HTML), the Java™ language, Flash Lite from Adobe, and Python.

Microsoft Silverlight availability for Nokia Series 40 devices and Nokia Internet tablets will be confirmed later.