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mathman Dec16-11 03:52 PM

what is silverlight?
 
I recently got windows 7 operating system. Included is a package called silverlight. What is it for and how does one use it?

Greg Bernhardt Dec16-11 03:59 PM

Re: what is silverlight?
 
Microsoft's attempt at Flash.

mathman Dec17-11 05:42 PM

Re: what is silverlight?
 
Quote:

Quote by Greg Bernhardt (Post 3672103)
Microsoft's attempt at Flash.

What is Flash?

Routaran Dec19-11 10:07 AM

Re: what is silverlight?
 
Flash: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adobe_Flash

Silverlight: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Silverlight

mathman Dec19-11 03:24 PM

Re: what is silverlight?
 
Based on the references, I doubt if I could use either without a training program.

Greg Bernhardt Dec19-11 03:26 PM

Re: what is silverlight?
 
Quote:

Quote by mathman (Post 3676079)
Based on the references, I doubt if I could use either without a training program.

Most likely the package you are asked to install is a plugin to be able to run programs rather than develop.

Routaran Dec19-11 04:06 PM

Re: what is silverlight?
 
the preinstalled Silverlight is simply the run-time environment. It allows you to use websites developed with silverlight. You don't actually do anything with it really as an end user. Just like the Java RTE, its just in the back and will do its thing when you need it.

If you want to develop websites using silverlight, then you will probably end up in an integrated development environment like Visual Studio which will require training.

mathman Dec20-11 04:23 PM

Re: what is silverlight?
 
I guess I understand the point. So it appears my only concern is to keep Silverlight up-to-date.

Greg Bernhardt Dec20-11 04:24 PM

Re: what is silverlight?
 
Quote:

Quote by mathman (Post 3677645)
I guess I understand the point. So it appears my only concern is to keep Silverlight up-to-date.

There are very few and they are all via Windows Update function. It's not something to loose sleep over, just install it and move on :)

mathman Dec21-11 03:51 PM

Re: what is silverlight?
 
Quote:

Quote by Greg Bernhardt (Post 3677648)
There are very few and they are all via Windows Update function. It's not something to loose sleep over, just install it and move on :)

I never lost any asleep over it. I was just curious as to why it's there.


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