Ahmed Eltawil's Blog

Windows Mobile: Silverlight & Flash Support

Posted on: March 21, 2008

Now that Microsoft seems to have got its Windows Mobile team working again, it brings me pleasure to hear such great news as the added support for Silverlight and Adobe Flash. This definitely will enable developers to get a lot more creative in developing state of the art applications for Windows Mobile using Silverlight since the technology is cross-browser and cross-platform. And with Adobe Flash supported as well, bringing a more realistic desktop-like internet experience to a Windows Mobile device doesn’t sound far-fetched anymore.
 
But I think there is more up Microsoft’s sleeves behind this news than just for the sake of software development and better internet experience. I think it has to do with Windows Mobile’s successor. That’s right. Windows Mobile 7.
 
Now that everything is moving towards a touch based experience for mobile devices, the added support for Silverlight might be a clue of what to expect from the next version of Windows Mobile. And I don’t mean Windows Mobile 6.1 or 6.5, but instead an entirely overhauled operating system. After all, Silverlight is all about UI and Windows Mobile users all around the globe have been complaining and giving negative feedback on the OS’s not so user or finger friendly interface.
 
It will be interesting to see what the Windows Mobile team will be releasing in the upcoming months. You never know, maybe a new Windows Mobile version isn’t so far away as everyone seems to believe. But no matter how long it takes, I am sure it will be worth the wait.
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