Given Apple’s lack on enthusiasm for installing either Silverlight or Adobe Flash on its iPhones, Microsoft have started to take a closer interest in the open source Android platform.
“Basically where we’re at right now is we have talked with Apple,” Microsoft Vice President Scott 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. 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.”
This is a stark contract to Android’s open source license which welcomes the development of third-party applications, which even gives developers the oppurtunity to contribute to the underlying OS itself.
“[The] Google phone is slightly different.” Guthrie said. “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.”