With all the talk about Adobe Flash coming to Android, Windows Mobile, WebOS, and other mobile platforms, it’s easy to forget that Microsoft has a Flash competitor called Silverlight. And it looks like the beta version of Silverlight for the Symbian smartphone operating system is almost ready to go.

ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley spotted a download page for Silverlight beta for Symbian on Thursday. The site has since disappeared, indicating that the beta might not have been quite ready for prime time — or maybe Microsoft just wanted to make more of an official announcement next week. But Foley reports that the description for the download explained that the beta version of Silverlight was available for Nokia S60 5th Edition devices.

Microsoft is also expected to develop versions of Symbian for Android, and of course, Windows Phone 7 Series.

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...