What Is Silverlight?


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Microsoft Silverlight is a tool for creating and viewing media-rich applications on the Internet and mobile devices. Free and compatible with Windows and Mac OS X operating systems, it's used to stream video, such as on Netflix, but also supports graphics and animation, such as those utilized via Adobe Flash.

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As of 2014, Silverlight is in its fifth incarnation, Silverlight 5, released in 2011, but the original program was created in 2007. It's compatible with all the major web browsers, including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari and even mobile browsers, such as Windows Mobile and Symbian. Licensed as freeware, it's a legitimate application that does no harm to computers.

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