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When iPhone + Silverlight?

Onstage during his keynote at MIX08 yesterday, Scott Guthrie said they’ll be bringing Silverlight to “everything with an SDK”.  Yesterday, I suggested this was a dig at the iPhone with its lack of an SDK. 

Of course, that was yesterday and today we expected an announcement from Apple on the new SDK.  I also surmised that the SDK wouldn’t be deep enough for Silverlight, but reports are that I was wrong.

So, my guess is that Scott was hinting at Silverlight for the iPhone.


So, Scott, when we’ll we see it?

And Ray Ozzie, please get the Office Team onto .NET, specifically the Office Mobile Team onto Silverlight.

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    Amyloo wrote @ March 6th, 2008 at 11:41 am

Robert, do you suppose if that Cocoa Touch tool only runs on the Mac, that MS will bring out its own tools for developing on the iPhone?

    Robert W. Anderson wrote @ March 6th, 2008 at 12:39 pm

Amyloo, no, I don’t think Microsoft will (and I hope not).

I think their entire developer strategy around the iPhone should be to ship a Silverlight 2 runtime. With that, a developer can build first-class applications for all Silverlight-enabled devices without dealing with the specifics of the platform (Cocoa, Symbian, etc.).

Building (or porting) Silverlight tools (or tools for some other APIs) for the iPhone would be a huge project, and I doubt Microsoft could leverage much of their existing code (mostly in Win32-centric C++).

So, I don’t think it would be cost-effective, but also unnecessary. Windows and Microsoft .NET-centric devs will gravitate towards Silverlight anyway (and have the tools). Mac-centric devs are already using the Mac tools anyway (and would probably actively shun a Microsoft solution).

. . . at least that’s what I think.

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