Microsoft Silverlight

Microsoft Silverlight

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    5.1.30514.0
  • Total Downloads:
    611,446
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 24, 2014
  • 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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 5.1.30514.0
Fixes issue where a Silverlight application that uses tab-switched controls exhibits a memory leak when you switch between tabs or pages in the application.
General
Publisher Microsoft
Publisher web site http://www.microsoft.com/
Release Date July 23, 2014
Date Added July 24, 2014
Version 5.1.30514.0
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 6.64MB
File Name Silverlight.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 611,446
Downloads Last Week 1,039
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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