Intel's has taken the wraps off its Moblin 2.1 OS, a complete operating system that can run on mobile phones through to full PCs.
Moblin 2.1, which is based on Linux, has an iPhone-style software development kit for developers that will allow them to build applications that can work on devices with screens as small as smartphones through to notebooks with larger displays. (It will be up to developers to decide whether they want to build "one size fits all" apps or apps that are targeted at specific screen sizes, though.)
Intel also revealed that Moblin 2.1 includes support for Flash and Silverlight, so interactive web applications can run inside web pages on all Moblin 2.1 devices, unlike the iPhone, which only displays standard web pages.
Microsoft says Moblin's capability to display Silverlight will be a way for developers to build apps that work on both Windows and Moblin. "Using Silverlight's cross-device, cross-browser, cross-platform technology, developers will be able to write applications once and have them run on Windows and Moblin devices – expanding the reach of Silverlight applications to more consumers, regardless of whether the device they're using is a PC, TV or phone," said Ian Ellison Taylor, general manager, Microsoft Client Platforms and Tools.
Intel demonstrated the new Moblin interface to media and attendees of its Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. Here are the pics!