Microsoft Silverlight

Microsoft Silverlight

Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
2.9
out of 55 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
5.1.30514.0
File Size:
6.64MB
Date Added:
July 24, 2014
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Total Downloads:
558,154
Downloads Last Week:
2,387
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Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

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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  • All Versions:

    2.9

    out of 55 votes

    • 5 star: 17
    • 4 star: 6
    • 3 star: 6
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 22
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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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  • 5 stars

    "Clean Video Plug-in"

    June 11, 2012   |   By Mike98

    Version: Microsoft Silverlight 5.1.10411

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    There is no con.

    Summary

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

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  • 5 stars

    "Very good program. Works very well for our needs."

    May 01, 2012   |   By funshinebear12

    Version: Microsoft Silverlight 5.0.61118

    Pros

    Keeps us updated on the latest technology for our desktop. Very good program.

    Cons

    none. I like it very well.

    Summary

    Very good program. Keeps us informed of latest updates for our computer system.

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