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Microsoft Silverlight

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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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User Reviews

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3 stars

"Seems to crash a lot"

November 12, 2012  |  By Rick1217

 |  Version: Microsoft Silverlight 5.1.10411


still do not really know what it does; therefore, do not see any benefit.


Crashes whatever I am doing on the net without warning; just says Silverlight plug-in has crashed. I do not loose connection; and nothing seems to have changed so I have no clue what it does.



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1 stars

"Crashed my computer"

September 23, 2012  |  By nicolemoore94

 |  Version: Microsoft Silverlight 5.1.10411


You can watch tv online with it.


Fried my hard drive


This program crashed my computer. It fried my hard drive. I had to get a completely new hard drive, and I lost all of my documents and pictures.

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4 stars

"I was warned not to get this program,, they where wrong"

July 08, 2012  |  By tlgunn64

 |  Version: Microsoft Silverlight 5.1.10411


It runs smooth - and if flash keeps going the way it is silverlight will take over and be the top program


none that i can think of

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5 stars

"Clean Video Plug-in"

June 11, 2012  |  By Mike98

 |  Version: Microsoft Silverlight 5.1.10411


Easy to install. No error(s) and no problem(s) with this version 5 on the contrary to earlier versions with corrupted files and errors when installing. My PC does not start slower with SilverLight on it. You can uninstall SilverLight via Control Panel, Software.


There is no con.


Try it, you won't regret it on Windows 7 64-bit.

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Full Specifications

Publisher Microsoft
Publisher web site http://www.microsoft.com/
Release Date May 15, 2012
Date Added May 15, 2012
Version 5.1.10411
Category Browsers
Subcategory Other Browser Add-ons & Plugins
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 6.69MB
File Name Silverlight.exe
Total Downloads 630,155
Downloads Last Week 975
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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