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.
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File types supported by Microsoft Silverlight
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About file types supported by Microsoft Silverlight
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