Microsoft Silverlight

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Keysmark, Nov 4, 2010.

  1. Keysmark macrumors member

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    I've got a 27" iMac, 2.8 GHz Intel Core i5, running the latest Snow Leopard update.

    In browsing thru my Applications folder I noticed that I have an app called "Microsoft Silverlight".

    I never downloaded that app. Is that part of Snow Leopard? If not, why do I have it, what does it really do? I searched the internet but do not really understand it.

    Also, do I need it? Will it degrade performance if I uninstall it?

    What is your advice? As you can probably tell, I am a relatively new Mac user and not a computer expert.

    Thanks in advance for your responses.

    Keysmark
     
  2. Mike225 macrumors 6502a

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    Its sort of like Flash. It allows cross platform, cross-browser applications.

    Its mostly used for web video streaming and things like Bing Maps for interactive experiences. Just leave it.
     
  3. mulo, Nov 4, 2010
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    mulo macrumors 68020

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    It's ****, erase it
    And it is by no means installed by default.
    The same goes for flip4mac which you will also have installed, the pluton doesn't even work! ****!
     
  4. Mike225 macrumors 6502a

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    You sound perturbed
     
  5. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    It was installed along with either Flip4Mac, Office 2011, or some other Microsoft-endorsed application or utility. The application Earth Browser is built on it. I have no evidence that degrades performance. Without looking over your shoulder, there is no way of knowing if you need it or not.

    My guess is that you need it in the near and medium term. However, Microsoft is dropping Silverlight in "favor" of HTML5. I expect Silverlight to slowly fade away.
     
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  7. Bernard SG macrumors 65816

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    Fade way huh :D?
    Only the things that you see can fade away. Silverlight doesn't exist. I mean it exists but not really :p.
     
  8. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

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    I know netflix online streaming requires silverlight
     
  9. Mike225 macrumors 6502a

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    Its the development platform for Windows Phone 7 also as well as Netflix which was mentioned earlier and The Olympics video streaming.
     
  10. Bernard SG macrumors 65816

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    Oh?
    'kay.
    :cool:
     

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