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    Hi,

    Is Microsoft Silverlight a good program to download? I searched the web for an answer, but I could not find one. Thank you.

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    I use Silverlight with my Netflix subscription and it seems very reliable with no video hiccups or stutter.
    there is limited or non existant functionality in the 64 bit browser as of yet.

    Is there some specific use you have in mind for it?
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    Silverlight is the MS version of Adobe flash. For web pages that are rendered using Silverlight, it will work more efficiently than flash and vice versa. Having both does not provide conflicts and allows you to accurately see more web sites.

    As with Flash, Java and others, Silverlight is initially available for 32 Bit browsers only. As 64 Bit browers become more widely accepted, I suspect you will see all in 64 Bit versions. Just as IE 8 has a 64 Bit version, but is not quite ready for wide acceptance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Myers View Post
    Silverlight is the MS version of Adobe flash. For web pages that are rendered using Silverlight, it will work more efficiently than flash and vice versa. Having both does not provide conflicts and allows you to accurately see more web sites.

    As with Flash, Java and others, Silverlight is initially available for 32 Bit browsers only. As 64 Bit browers become more widely accepted, I suspect you will see all in 64 Bit versions. Just as IE 8 has a 64 Bit version, but is not quite ready for wide acceptance.
    Ted, are you certain about Silverlight, Flash and Java? I'm almost certain that I installed Jave 64-bit and Silverlight too. I got no error messages and check Java returned the message that I had the most recent version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duchess843 View Post
    Ted, are you certain about Silverlight, Flash and Java? I'm almost certain that I installed Jave 64-bit and Silverlight too. I got no error messages and check Java returned the message that I had the most recent version.

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    Most users find that 64 Bit browsers are not quite mainstream yet and as such many more sites are rendered properly by the 32 Bit browser rather than the 64 Bit browser. I believe this will change dramatically as time goes on.

    Flash: Adobe Flash Suppot site No mention of a 64 Bit version

    Java: Java Runtime : I stand corrected. The problem is that since IE 64 Bit is not widely supported and most choose to use the 32 Bit version of IE, the 32 Bit version of Java must be used. Once 64 Bit browsers become more mainstream then you will see much wider acceptance of 64 Bit add ons and more apps written for 64 Bit. But yes, you are correct there is a 64 Bit version of Java, but it is not widely used or accepted to date.

    Silverlight: Silverlight Web Site There is no mention of a 64 Bit Silverlight available. Quite the contrary in the official Silverlight forums there are numerous questions with negative answers on 64 Bit.

    Since most people are still using the 32 Bit browsers, it is appropriate to run the 32 Bit add ons. I suspect by the time IE 64 Bit becomes more widely accepted and used, both Silverlight and Flash will have their 64 Bit versions ready. It's only a matter of time.

    I hop this helps to further explain my answer.
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    I installed Silverlight and see no difference in webpages. How do you tell that's it's working?

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    You probably won't be able to tell. Just as when you get to a page that uses Flash or Java, you only know they are not working when animations suddenly do not work. From a users perspective you will not know whether Silverlight or Flash work on any given page. You will just see the animations. You can open the consoles of each and check

    Adobe Flash: Flash settings panel allows you some degree of control over the way flash works.

    Java: Control Panel/Java Click on Java, brings up the Java Console.

    Silverlight: Silverlight Console.
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    You likely won't see a difference in web pages, largely because not many use it. Flash rules and Silverlight
    is still uncommon. Try one of the above web pages that I have listed, there may be Silverlight content or a demo.

    But as I have said earlier, it works quite nicely with my Netflix "instant view" subscription.
    You might even try browsing the Netfix site, as they may offer a demo.
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    [quote name='Clint Rossmere' date='2010-04-26 11:49' timestamp='1272296996' post='837178']
    You likely won't see a difference in web pages, largely because not many use it. Flash rules and Silverlight
    is still uncommon. Try one of the above web pages that I have listed, there may be Silverlight content or a demo.

    But as I have said earlier, it works quite nicely with my Netflix "instant view" subscription.
    You might even try browsing the Netfix site, as they may offer a demo.
    [/quot

    Thank you Clint & Joe for your input. In light of Clint's mentioning that SL has become more of a delveloprs tool, and the fact that not many websites can use it yet, I'm going to remove SL. No need of having it available if it's not being used extensively.

    Thanks gents, you've both been a big help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duchess843 View Post
    Thank you Clint & Joe for your input. In light of Clint's mentioning that SL has become more of a delveloprs tool, and the fact that not many websites can use it yet, I'm going to remove SL. No need of having it available if it's not being used extensively.
    You'll be told to install Silverlight when you hit a web page that requires it. Silverlight is pretty small. You should just leave it alone if you already have it installed. It won't hurt anything and might save you a headache later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeP View Post
    You'll be told to install Silverlight when you hit a web page that requires it. Silverlight is pretty small. You should just leave it alone if you already have it installed. It won't hurt anything and might save you a headache later.

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    What type of headaches? I would like to determine if it's work the risk of being without it.


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    More of the Microsoft sites are using it, so just leave it alone and keep it up to date.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duchess843 View Post
    What type of headaches? I would like to determine if it's work the risk of being without it.
    Headaches such as not being able to view many Microsoft web sites without it. Or trying to download it and having problems downloading it. Or downloading it successfully but having problems installing it. Or having to restart the browser to enable Silverlight and finding out you have many other tabs open you don't really want to close at the time but the web page you need Silverlight for is very important at the moment.

    If you have Flash installed you may as well have Silverlight installed. It is not worth fretting about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveA View Post
    More of the Microsoft sites are using it, so just leave it alone and keep it up to date.
    Too late Dave, it's gone. I can always get it again if it becomes necessary.


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