Thursday, October 16, 2008

Microsoft keeping an eye on Android

Image representing Microsoft Silverlight as de...Microsoft consider bringing Silverlight to Android as they gave up on an iPhone version.

So said Microsoft Vice President Scott Guthrie:
“Basically where we’re at right now is we have talked with Apple. We are very interested in being able to run [Silverlight] on the iPhone. At the end of the day, Apple ultimately controls what software runs on the iPhone. To date, what they’ve said is that at this time, they’re not looking to enable browser plug-ins like Silverlight or Flash to run on top of it.”
The openness of the Android platform once again seduces third part developers and Microsoft is not exception. Not only can anyone submit an app but this app can also bring alternative possibilities to what the OS can do. Besides, Android apps will also be able to run in the background. Guthrie added:
“[The] Google phone is slightly different. It’s more of an open platform, that is something we’re going to continue to look at. Certainly as it’s gotten deployed and if sales are good we’ll definitely keep our eyes out and look at that in the future.”

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