Microsoft Silverlight

Microsoft Silverlight

Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
2.9
out of 55 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
5.1.10411
File Size:
6.64MB
Date Added:
May 15, 2012
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Total Downloads:
555,286
Downloads Last Week:
1,000
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

If you're reading this, you probably run Windows. And if you run Windows, you may have noticed Microsoft Silverlight as an optional update. If you don't see it, you've probably already got it; check your Start Menu, and if you see Microsoft Silverlight, it's already installed in your system. This compact freeware is a cross-platform browser plug-in for enhancing online content and media on desktop and portable PCs as well as mobile devices. Silverlight is sort of like Flash in that it enables richer content in your browser, but the latest update greatly enhances support for mobile devices and apps. Most Windows users can download Silverlight as part of an update, but you can also download it directly right here.

We installed Silverlight and clicked its Start Menu entry to open its Configuration tool. Silverlight mostly works in the background, but it has some options, too, beginning with the Updates tab, which followed our system's settings. The Playback tab has two options: one for enabling or disabling Digital Rights Management components, and another for hardware acceleration. We could configure multiple Webcams, microphones, and other audio and video capture devices on the Webcam/Mic tab, which includes a very helpful preview pane. The last two tabs handle Permissions and Application Storage, respectively. That's all there is to it, really; there's no need to configure it inside your browsers. For example, we opened Firefox's add-ons manager, clicked Plug-ins, and opened Silverlight's page. We could check for updates or disable the plug-in, but that's it.

So does Silverlight make a difference? You can see for yourself, but there's no need to toggle the program on and off to evaluate its effects: simply search "Silverlight demo" or some similar phrase. The results will certainly include more than one Web site demonstrating Silverlight's capabilities in a variety of settings, including some pretty cool cutting-edge Web applications. Or just go to Silverlight's home page, which offers a showcase with lots of examples as well as documentation, a community, samples, and other resources.

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All User Reviews
  • All Versions:

    2.9

    out of 55 votes

    • 5 star: 17
    • 4 star: 6
    • 3 star: 6
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 22
  • Current Version:

    3.2

    out of 4 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 1
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  • 1 stars

    "If only there was a negative star rating scale..."

    December 08, 2013   |   By XLR8EDLiving

    Version: Microsoft Silverlight 5.1.20513.0

    Pros

    Cannot think of any pros for Silverlight. I only know about it because Netflix made the unfortunate decision to use it.

    Cons

    I don't know if it's the cause of the daily hiccups with video playback on other sites, but on Netflix, Silverlight is a clusterf*ck.

    Every five minutes, the video playback lags about 5 seconds behind the audio. When I can tolerate that annoyance long enough, it catches up in a second or two of mildly amusing Charlie Chaplin-esque fast motion. When I cannot tolerate it, having to click and drag the slider to sync video and audio every thirty seconds or so is an annoying distraction.

    Seems to get better for a day or so right after I re-download Silverlight, but today makes more than ten times I have had to do so in the past six months; the third time in two weeks. I have tried using Chrome, Firefox and IE, with no discernable difference in performance, regardless of the browser used.

    Don't know if Silverlight has anything to do with video playback regularly not working on other sites, but I'm inclined to believe it does, because Silverlight bites.

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  • 2 stars

    "Tends to load slowly"

    July 24, 2013   |   By elderbarryl

    Version: Microsoft Silverlight 5.1.20513.0

    Pros

    Workx eventually.

    Cons

    Too bad it's too slow.

    Summary

    Please give me a replacement.

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