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Silverlight is Microsoft’s answer to Adobe Flash, the more common web standard for browser multimedia applications. This application framework is important in integrating interactivity, video and animations in web pages.  Silverlight was released initially in 2007 and this version focused on streaming media while the current versions were used for multimedia, animation and graphics. Based on the .NET framework, Silverlight is compatible with a number of operating systems and web browsers. The question now remains. Is Microsoft Silverlight getting an update?

Supported Platforms

Since its initial release on September 5, 2007, there were already five versions of the Silverlight that supported various platforms. This framework is compatible with later Internet Explorer versions as well as Mozilla Firefox on Microsoft Windows. Moreover, it supports Firefox and Safari for Mac and OS X. As for mobile devices, it supports Windows Mobile and Symbian (Series 60) platforms. The latest version of Silverlight can also be used in designing responsive websites and mobile applications. The Silverlight 5 was officially available for download on December 9, 2011. The updated version included 3D graphics, playback speed controls, GPU accelerated video decoding, 64-bit support and remote control.

Just like any software version, updates for Silverlight are important. Before initiating any update, it helos to know the current version you have, if any. What you need to do is go to the Microsoft Silverlight website. The latest update on Silverlight was published on January 28, 2015 with the version 5.1.30514.0 and up to now, no update is available. The latest update was said to have included fixes on the previous version.

Updating Silverlight is not difficult because it is an automatic update that comes with the standard update mechanism of windows. While this is recommended, there were rumored issues that updates are asked even if the user does not have Microsoft Silverlight.

Meanwhile, Windows 10 mobile’s latest update included an improved application backwards compatibility for Windows 8.1 Silverlight applications.