WWW & Internet Browser Utilities Microsoft Silverlight for Windows (32-bit)

Microsoft Silverlight for Windows (32-bit) 5.1.40728.0 for Windows

by Microsoft Corp.

Avg. Rating 3.5 (356 votes)

File Details

File Size 6.7 MB
License Freeware
Operating System Windows 7/8/10/Vista/XP
Date Added
Total Downloads 67,877
Publisher Microsoft Corp.
Homepage Microsoft Silverlight
Other Versions

Publisher's Description

Microsoft Silverlight (formerly WPF/E) is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of media experiences and rich interactive applications (RIAs) for the Web. It is intended for developers and designers interested in learning more about how to build experiences with Microsoft Silverlight.

Latest Reviews

Zootopia3001

Zootopia3001 reviewed v5.1.40620.0 on Jul 2, 2015

Went to having it installed again after Hotmail(which Silverlight broke) went to Outlook. However, if you update, best to uninstall old version first, otherwise you are left with TONS of old version multi-language pack reference entries in your registry, and they can really pile up after a few updates.

ShahinD

ShahinD reviewed v5.1.20125.0 on May 13, 2013

No Problem

Zootopia3001

Zootopia3001 reviewed v5.1.20125.0 on Mar 12, 2013

Got rid of Silverlight because it was breaking the 'Insert' functions of Hotmail. Who woulda thunk that an MS product would break another MS product. Way to go Microsoft. Keep up the good work. Other than that and the prior gripe I mentioned about the Silverlight, it does do better than Adobe Flash IMO, but just ain't catching on. I doubt it will be around much longer. There's only one site in the past year I came across that required it, and that was a car dealership, so I moved on elsewhere.
Now 2 stars for breaking Hotmail. Don't know if this version resolves that problem, but I just don't care enough to have it installed anymore.

Zootopia3001

Zootopia3001 reviewed v5.0 on Mar 17, 2012

Can only give it three stars due to TONS of multilanguage entries left behind in registry with EACH security update. Took forever to delete them all. Hey Microsoft, give the option to do either English or Multilanguage install like SUN Java does. Me, I went back to Siverlight 4.0.60831.0 and won't update to version 5 unless forced to do so.

FatBastard

FatBastard reviewed v4.0.60129.0 on Feb 18, 2011

This thing is actually pretty good. It uses less CPU than Adobe Flash.

anomoly

anomoly reviewed v4.0.51204 on Dec 16, 2010

I only use it for web radio but if you disable it along with the wmp plugin, IE9 actually starts like a normal browser instead of like a gaming software. This wasn't working in anything but IE before this latest update.

rodgerballard

rodgerballard reviewed v4.0.51204 on Dec 16, 2010

@soldier1st: not entirely true ...

http://msdn.microsoft.co.../bb404700(v=VS.95).aspx

"It is a cross-browser, cross-platform technology. It runs in all popular Web browsers, including Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari, Google Chrome, and on Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS X."

For the Linux crowd there is (with limitations in regard to protection):

http://www.mono-project.com/Moonlight

As to it being good or bad. My opinion is it gets the job done. I would rather see more standards based approaches when and where possible using technologies like these only when appropriate but I felt the need to provide accurate info.

soldier1st

soldier1st reviewed v4.0.50917.0 on Oct 2, 2010

Silverlight is alright but not the greatest as it is a Windows only, i would rather have something in a better language like Java or something else that is cross platform.

mfarmilo

mfarmilo reviewed v4.0.50826.0 Final on Sep 1, 2010

Like AlphaBetaGamma said, this link still downloads the old version, so someone's screwed up somewhere. Clicking on the link to the Silverlight page, then the download link, gets the stated version.

AlphaBetaGamma

AlphaBetaGamma reviewed v4.0.50826.0 Final on Sep 1, 2010

This is still the 4.0.50524 version.

Avg. Rating 3.5 (356 votes)
Your Rating
Zootopia3001

Zootopia3001 reviewed v5.1.40620.0 on Jul 2, 2015

Went to having it installed again after Hotmail(which Silverlight broke) went to Outlook. However, if you update, best to uninstall old version first, otherwise you are left with TONS of old version multi-language pack reference entries in your registry, and they can really pile up after a few updates.

ShahinD

ShahinD reviewed v5.1.20125.0 on May 13, 2013

No Problem

Zootopia3001

Zootopia3001 reviewed v5.1.20125.0 on Mar 12, 2013

Got rid of Silverlight because it was breaking the 'Insert' functions of Hotmail. Who woulda thunk that an MS product would break another MS product. Way to go Microsoft. Keep up the good work. Other than that and the prior gripe I mentioned about the Silverlight, it does do better than Adobe Flash IMO, but just ain't catching on. I doubt it will be around much longer. There's only one site in the past year I came across that required it, and that was a car dealership, so I moved on elsewhere.
Now 2 stars for breaking Hotmail. Don't know if this version resolves that problem, but I just don't care enough to have it installed anymore.

Zootopia3001

Zootopia3001 reviewed v5.0 on Mar 17, 2012

Can only give it three stars due to TONS of multilanguage entries left behind in registry with EACH security update. Took forever to delete them all. Hey Microsoft, give the option to do either English or Multilanguage install like SUN Java does. Me, I went back to Siverlight 4.0.60831.0 and won't update to version 5 unless forced to do so.

FatBastard

FatBastard reviewed v4.0.60129.0 on Feb 18, 2011

This thing is actually pretty good. It uses less CPU than Adobe Flash.

anomoly

anomoly reviewed v4.0.51204 on Dec 16, 2010

I only use it for web radio but if you disable it along with the wmp plugin, IE9 actually starts like a normal browser instead of like a gaming software. This wasn't working in anything but IE before this latest update.

rodgerballard

rodgerballard reviewed v4.0.51204 on Dec 16, 2010

@soldier1st: not entirely true ...

http://msdn.microsoft.co.../bb404700(v=VS.95).aspx

"It is a cross-browser, cross-platform technology. It runs in all popular Web browsers, including Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari, Google Chrome, and on Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS X."

For the Linux crowd there is (with limitations in regard to protection):

http://www.mono-project.com/Moonlight

As to it being good or bad. My opinion is it gets the job done. I would rather see more standards based approaches when and where possible using technologies like these only when appropriate but I felt the need to provide accurate info.

soldier1st

soldier1st reviewed v4.0.50917.0 on Oct 2, 2010

Silverlight is alright but not the greatest as it is a Windows only, i would rather have something in a better language like Java or something else that is cross platform.

mfarmilo

mfarmilo reviewed v4.0.50826.0 Final on Sep 1, 2010

Like AlphaBetaGamma said, this link still downloads the old version, so someone's screwed up somewhere. Clicking on the link to the Silverlight page, then the download link, gets the stated version.

AlphaBetaGamma

AlphaBetaGamma reviewed v4.0.50826.0 Final on Sep 1, 2010

This is still the 4.0.50524 version.

JethroB

JethroB reviewed v4.0.50524.0 Final on Jun 4, 2010

This latest version still breaks NetFlix instant view with DRM error on XP-SP3

Zoroaster

Zoroaster reviewed v4.0.50524.0 Final on Jun 3, 2010

The link provided at this time is that of Microsoft Silverlight version 4.0.50401 and not 4.0.50524 as mentioned.

JethroB

JethroB reviewed v4.0.50401.0 on Apr 25, 2010

Broke my NetFlix instant viewing (DRM error) uninstalled and installed Silverlight 3 to get my NetFlix working again.

uberfly

uberfly reviewed v4.0.50401.0 on Apr 16, 2010

After deving with it for a bit now, this is heads over flash. Some quality abilities and features, great video being just one of them.

bopb99

bopb99 reviewed v4.0.50401.0 on Apr 16, 2010

Dear Silverlight, please die!

I hate this stupid framework.
It's a resource hog/monster.
It is NOT cross platform.
Because the API's and other stuff it uses are heavily patent-encumber t.
Also it's MS product, with all the typical stuff: slow+bloated+lock-in-to-other MS-products.

Everybody, if you feel frustrated blog about Silverlights deficiencies. It deserves it. Because it's everybody's business. (MS slogan)

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