Could Silverlight be the next Microsoft technology to land on the iPhone? Many have wondered if by default the competitor of Flash made in Redmond could be the "pledge" asked from Apple for the supply of the ActiveSync synchronization software.
In reality these hypotheses are only the result of the imagination of some blogger and journalist. In fact, it emerged that Apple became interested in ActiveSync even before thinking about its use in the iPhone. and even before the iPhone itself was announced.
Steve Ballmer, the current CEO of Microsoft during the Mix 08 Conference in Las Vegas, said that putting SilverLight on the iPhone could certainly be "interesting" but this possibility is not expected shortly in Microsoft's plans.
Ballmer also said he was "concerned" about Apple's method of distributing applications developed by third parties, which provides 70% of the revenues for manufacturers and 30% for Apple. Microsoft does not like this model that allows you to give profits to Apple. "They'll make a lot of money" and "maybe they don't like open, royalty-free runtimes."
Over the past week, Microsoft announced plans to partner with Nokia to distribute the Silverlight runtime for mobile devices. The first phones to be distributed with runtime, by the end of the year, will be the 60 series smartphones followed by the 40 series.
Silverlight is the technology with which Microsoft plans to compete against Adobe's ubiquitous Flash. The plug-in (usable with browsers for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux) particularly optimized for the stealing of high quality videos. According to Microsoft, Silverlight downloaded at the rate of 1.5 million downloads per day.
(By Mauro Notarianni)