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Microsoft Silverlight review
What does this app do? There’s no strict answer to it about Microsoft Silverlight. It was designed as Microsoft’s replacement for Adobe Flash: an environment for multimedia content embedded into web pages.
Do you need it now? Hardly. As HTML5 spreads around, even titans like Flash have to retire.
Microsoft has planned it as an improved alternative to Adobe Flash, with enhanced media features (like displaying 3D content, graphic rendering with GPU, adjusting playback speed, interactive functions using the camera, audio, and mic), print features, animated effects and (what Flash missed) clipboard support. So it would (in theory) make your experience with multimedia sites better and help the developers create more advanced sites.
The list of improvements would have been large if anyone needed it. Yet in 2012 Microsoft admitted that Silverlight wouldn’t live long. It would’ve been alive if not for HTML5.
As a runtime for other apps, Silverlight has no design of its own. At all. And, truly, it’s the best way of acting for environments – not interfering with media they run. But chances are the media you may run into won’t need Silverlight to run.
The rate above zero is due to the fact you don’t need to use this software at all. Even if you suddenly run into a site still using it (chances are you never do), it will just work like it’s supposed to. But elsewhere it may require resources you could have spent in a better way.
Cross-platform use 3/5
The platform is compatible with Windows 2000 and up to Windows 8.1 (Windows 10 probably doesn’t need it at all) and OS X. Yet there are compatibility issues in various browsers. The one with the best integration is good old IE8. No, more actual browsers don’t support Silverlight: Google gave it up in 2015, Mozilla in 2017, and Edge has never been about plugins at all.
Pay? For this? Seriously?
Microsoft has admitted its failure with Silverlight (or rather a global victory of HTML5) and is planning to discontinue its support in 2021. Silverlight gets no updates since 2013. You may still need it for opening some sites (giving it up one by one), but if you ignore it, that’s no tragedy.Collapse
If you don’t know what it is, you probably don’t need it; neither do even its developers.
Pros : Required for some rare sites.
Cons : Discontinued even by its creators;
Extremely rare to use;
Slows down your browser(s).
Cross-platform use 3.0