Silverlight comes to Symbian first

Microsoft has delivered their Silverlight runtime for select Nokia handsets running Symbian.  Unlike Windows Phone 7 the runtime will enable Silverlight applications such as the Bing app above both inside and outside the browser.

Supported handsets include the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, Nokia N97 and Nokia N97 Mini and other Series 60 5th edition devices.

While is seems unfortunately that Microsoft could deliver Silverlight for Symbian and not Windows Mobile 6.5, there does seem some synergy emerging for Windows Phone 7, with developers likely able to easily move Silverlight applications from the platform to the other.

The download is available in Nokia’s Ovi store here.

Read more about the runtime at Microsoft’s Silverlight site here.