Microsoft still battling to put Silverlight on iPhone

iPhone - no silverlight
iPhone - no silverlight

Microsoft has confirmed that it will be monitoring the success of Android as it considers adapting Silverlight for the mobile operating system, but admitted that hopes of putting its Flash competitor on the iPhone were declining.

Microsoft confirmed to TechRadar back in March that it was developing Silverlight for the iPhone, despite facing a battle to get Apple to allow the product onto its handset.

Indeed, according to Microsoft's Scott Guthrie, Apple is far from ready to enable plug-ins like Silverlight and Adobe's Flash.

"Basically where we're at right now is we have talked with Apple," Guthrie admitted.

"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.

Not at this time

"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.

"They might in the future, but right now it isn't an option for any vendor and so if they let us we'll definitely come.

"Until they open it up to third-party plug-ins, like Silverlight and Flash, we're both prevented from running there."


However, Silverlight on Android – the open source OS being developed by a group of companies including Google – looks more promising.

The first Android phone, T-mobile's G1 Android, has already had huge pre-orders, and is a platform that Microsoft will consider.

"[The] Google phone is slightly different." Guthrie added.

"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."

Patrick Goss

Patrick Goss is the ex-Editor in Chief of TechRadar. Patrick was a passionate and experienced journalist, and he has been lucky enough to work on some of the finest online properties on the planet, building audiences everywhere and establishing himself at the forefront of digital content.  After a long stint as the boss at TechRadar, Patrick has now moved on to a role with Apple, where he is the Managing Editor for the App Store in the UK.