Microsoft Silverlight

What is Microsoft Silverlight?

Microsoft Silverlight is a web browser plugin that enables playback of rich Internet applications, such as streaming video, multimedia and animation. Silverlight is one of the main competitors of Adobe Flash (and works the same way) and Java, and of the three is currently the least used across the globe. While Flash has a market penetration (installation on web browsers) of about 95%, Silverlight currently only has 54%, and Java has 73%. These figures are not to be taken literally, of course, since most browsers have two or more of these installed, though this speaks of the required plugins that browsers would demand in playing rich Internet content. For example, 95% of browsers used around the world only require Adobe Flash, not Silverlight; worldwide, only 0.3% of websites as of August 2011 are using Silverlight protocol to stream their content, whereas Flash has more or less 26%. Microsoft Silverlight is also used as a development platform for the Windows Phone series, the mobile handset OS of Microsoft (in direct competition with Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS).

Silverlight works with Windows XP and higher, and Mac OS computers as well. Novell has released a version of Silverlight for Linux, called Moonlight, which is open-source.

Download Microsoft Silverlight from the developer does not provide software hosting. We send you directly to the developer's site, to make sure you download the latest, original version of the program.

Download Microsoft Silverlight (external link)

Heads up: Some download links are affiliate links. An affiliate link means we may earn a referral fee if you make a purchase through the link, without any extra cost to you. It helps to keep this site running. Thank you for your support!

File types supported by Microsoft Silverlight

Our users primarily use Microsoft Silverlight to open these file types:

About file types supported by Microsoft Silverlight aims to be the go-to resource for file type- and related software information. We spend countless hours researching various file formats and software that can open, convert, create or otherwise work with those files.

If you have additional information about which types of files Microsoft Silverlight can process, please do get in touch - we would love hearing from you.