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Nokia (NYSE:NOK) has announced its intention to make Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Silverlight available for S40 and S60 phones, along with Nokia Internet tablets.

The decision strengthens Silverlights position as a competitor to Flash, but more importantly (as I noted perhaps prematurely last week) readies Microsoft’s Silverlight platform for the one game that’s new enough that it might have a hope in winning: offline apps up against Adobe’s (NASDAQ:ADBE) AIR platform. Rumor has it that we may well see an offline Silverlight announcement at Microsoft Mix this week.

Microsoft will be demonstrating Silverlight on a S60 at the first Mix keynote tomorrow. Presuming there’s internet access (there was this morning) tune in to TechCrunch at 9:30 PST Wednesday where I’ll be live blogging the first keynote featuring Ray Ozzie, Scott Guthrie, Dean Hachamovitch from the floor.

Source: Silverlight to be Available On Nokia Phones