Adobe and Microsoft are very interested in developing Flash and Silverlight (respectively) support for the iPhone – but Apple continues to stand in the way of their implementation.
With Silverlight 2 announced yesterday, Microsoft VP Scott Guthrie has confirmed the block, saying, "Basically where we’re at right now is we have talked with Apple.
"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.”
There is a little hope in sight – it appears Apple hasn’t fully closed the door to either firm yet, with Guthrie telling Webmonkey, “They might in the future, but right now it isn’t an option for any vendor and so if they let us we’ll definitely come. Until they open it up to third-party plug-ins, like Silverlight and Flash, we’re both prevented from running there.”