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Microsoft makes Silverlight 5 available

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 12 Dec 2011 15:06 User comments (3)

Microsoft makes Silverlight 5 available Microsoft has released Silverlight 5 today, the latest version of the plug-in/
The software giant explains the new features:

New features in Silverlight 5 include Hardware Decode of H.264 media, which provides a significant performance improvement with decoding of unprotected content using the GPU; Postscript Vector Printing to improve output quality and file size; and an improved graphics stack with 3D support that uses the XNA API on the Windows platform to gain low-level access to the GPU for drawing vertex shaders and low-level 3D primitives.

In addition, Silverlight 5 extends the ?Trusted Application? model to the browser for the first time. These features, when enabled via a group policy registry key and an application certificate, mean users won?t need to leave the browser to perform complex tasks such as multiple window support, full trust support in browser including COM and file system access, in browser HTML hosting within Silverlight, and P/Invoke support for existing native code to be run directly from Silverlight.


The plug-in is just 7MB and is available here.

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3 user comments

112.12.2011 15:46

note: x64 version is 12,4MB

212.12.2011 17:31

Am I the only one that is confused? Most of my friends that work at M$ when I ask "Is silverlight dead?", they all say "Yes, go for HTML 5..."

312.12.2011 21:05

Originally posted by SomeBozo:
Am I the only one that is confused? Most of my friends that work at M$ when I ask "Is silverlight dead?", they all say "Yes, go for HTML 5..."
S5 is the last version of Silverlight, as far as I can tell. Not sure when support ends.

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