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Microsoft Silverlight

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
2.8
out of 57 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.1.40728.0
  • Total Downloads:
    628,528
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 12, 2015
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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Microsoft Silverlight is a plug-in designed to enhance your video streaming capabilities and improve your overall viewing experience. It generally works in the background, but you can adjust your preferences and other settings from the app's dashboard.

Pros

Configuration options: You can determine Silverlight's behavior in a number of situations by making selections in the app's control panel. For instance, you may choose how and when to update the program, configure your webcam and microphone, and set permissions for certain websites.

Improved video quality: This plug-in does improve the quality of streaming video on your computer. Most of the time you won't even know it's there, as it just integrates into your browser and other video programs to get results.

Cons

Occasional crashes: Even when you're not streaming video, Silverlight can cause your browser to crash. We encountered this problem several times after installing the software, and we were presented with a message stating that Silverlight had encountered a problem. Generally closing the browser and reopening it solved the problem.

Bottom Line

Microsoft Silverlight is a useful program, and certain other services, like Netflix, require it in order to play streaming video. It's not without issues, but it's free, and the improvements in video performance and other capabilities make it worth checking out.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"Don't bother!"

April 04, 2015  |  By bill_wdk9

 |  Version: Microsoft Silverlight 5.1.30514.0

Pros

None at all.

Cons

Installation on XP SP 3 Platform ALWAYS fails. No error code or explanation of any sort is given. I have 25+ years of professional software development experience and could not get Silverlight to successfully install. I've invested at least twelve hours attempting to find a solution with no luck. I simply wanted to use it to watch NetFlix. Have abandoned the effort. Not worth investing additional time chasing the wind. MS, this is an embarrassment to your brand. Please let us know when it is fixed and is robust enough for prime-time use. NetFlix, please provide an alternate path to using your service.

Summary

Avoid, unless perhaps, you're running Windows 7 or above. I've heard of people having success when installing on the latest Windows OS's. This, however, is purely anecdotal. My advice is to give it a try, but if it fails, don't spend more than an hour trying to figure out why. Just move on.

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1 stars

"Unending install, install, enable try to use, repeat"

February 18, 2015  |  By vend.ors.3

 |  Version: Microsoft Silverlight 5.1.30514.0

Pros

NONE - typical microtrash product

Cons

It doesn't work on Chrome (yeah, I guess this is an 'oddball' browser since it is not the soon to be or already retired Windows Exploder).

Summary

What a waste of time. I will not use any websites that require this piece of crap dysfunctional software.

from a 25 year veteran developer.

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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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1 stars

"Silverlight sucks"

October 22, 2013  |  By silverlightsucks

 |  Version: Microsoft Silverlight 3.0.40624

Pros

Have yet to experience any...

Cons

With a new laptop, netflix worked great! Better than my older (about 2 years old) laptop. This older laptop had silverlight installed. Then netflix required silverlight to play a movie. This is when the problems started. Most notably, the audio and video never seam to sync properly. Most annoying, the frequent message that "The plug-in silverlight has failed." which of course requires a reboot.

Summary

Do not install silverlight or any other microsoft program for that matter. Microsoft is dead and propogating this death by continuing to use microsoft products is inhuman and cruel. Let microsoft die a peaceful death and move on. Maybe some day microsoft will realize they no longer have a legitimized-monopoly and need to actually write software that works!

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1 stars

"AWFUL. IMPROVING IS A NECCESITY"

July 26, 2013  |  By ben-player

 |  Version: Microsoft Silverlight 3.0.40624

Pros

none. ABSOLUTLY NOTHING

Cons

constantly crashes. doesnt allow me to watch sky go. poor. dowloading is frustrating!.

Summary

BADDDDD. NEEEDDDDS TO BE IMPROVED!!!!!! WORK ON IT

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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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2 stars

"Installation was incredibly frustrating!"

March 12, 2013  |  By sarahhenning1

 |  Version: Microsoft Silverlight 3.0.40624

Pros

Has let me watch part of a lecture I needed to see- the only pro!

Cons

As noted above I did need to install this to watch a lecture. Despite going to the webpage 2 hours prior to the lecture it only told me I needed to install it when the lecture started - 20 minutes, 3 installation attempts and a restart later it finally worked (after I searched for 'couldn't load plug ins' and got some advice). By this point I'd missed 20 mins of the lecture which couldn't be restarted and I'm so frustrated I'm ready to hurl the computer out of the window!!! Really annoyed and will be removing the installation as soon as lecture is finished.

Summary

Really frustrating to install - I expected more from Microsoft!

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3 stars

"Seems to crash a lot"

November 12, 2012  |  By Rick1217

 |  Version: Microsoft Silverlight 5.1.10411

Pros

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

Cons

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.

Summary

useless

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1 stars

"Crashed my computer"

September 23, 2012  |  By nicolemoore94

 |  Version: Microsoft Silverlight 5.1.10411

Pros

You can watch tv online with it.

Cons

Fried my hard drive

Summary

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

Pros

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

Cons

none that i can think of

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.1.40728.0
  • Fixes vulnerabilities in Microsoft Graphics Component that could allow remote code execution.
  • Fixes a crash in the Silverlight 64-bit runtime seen with some applications on Internet Explorer 11.
  • Updates the Macintosh installer to successfully install on OS X systems that have Gatekeeper security enabled.
  • Updates the Windows manual installer to include options to set MSN as your default homepage and Bing as your default search engine. Automated installations and upgrades (for example, those performed by Microsoft Update and Windows Server Update Services) do not use the Silverlight installer user interface and do not change your homepage or search engine.
General
Publisher Microsoft
Publisher web site http://www.microsoft.com/
Release Date August 11, 2015
Date Added August 12, 2015
Version 5.1.40728.0
Category
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
Popularity
Total Downloads 628,528
Downloads Last Week 1,068
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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