We are pleased to announce the public availability of Microsoft Silverlight for Symbian - Beta. Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform implementation of the .NET Framework for creating media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web on desktop computers and mobile phones. Silverlight beta contains an installer for Symbian ^1 (S60 5th edition) devices and developer tools for developing Silverlight applications on Nokia Symbian^1 mobile devices.

With this release, we have come one more step closer to bringing Silverlight to the Symbian platform that holds single largest market share in the Smartphone market and hence extend Silverlight reach to mobile devices. While Microsoft has done cross-platform work for Silverlight on the desktop, this is the first time Silverlight cross-platform work has been achieved on a non-Microsoft mobile platform.

This beta release is primarily focused towards the developer community so they can start building great experiences on mobile devices. If you're an existing Silverlight developer or you're new to Silverlight and would like to get started, the resources below will help you:

What to expect?
Since this is still a beta release you may run into issues or bugs. Please share your feedback, comments, brick bats, flowers and whatever that comes to your mind that'll help us improve the overall quality of the product.

- Microsoft Silverlight for Symbian Team