With Microsoft at last changing the age-old crime to net fashion which is Internet Explorer, a lot of changes have been created to its substitute, a lot better sounding Edge browser. Most important of those is the currently known omission of ActiveX-based extensions, hence, Microsoft revealed today that a Silverlight media player plugin will no more be there too.

“Support for ActiveX has been discontinued in Microsoft Edge, and that includes removing support for Silverlight,” written by the Microsoft Edge development team on its official blog.

“The reasons for this have been discussed inprevious blogs and include the emergence of viable and secure media solutions based on HTML5 extensions. Microsoft continues to support Silverlight, and silver light out-of-browser apps can continue to use it. Silverlight will also continue to be supported in Internet Explorer 11, so sites continue to have Silverlight options in Windows 10. At the same time, we encourage companies that are using Silverlight for media to begin the transition to DASH/MSE/ CENC/EME based designs and to follow a single, DRM-interoperable encoding work flow enabled by CENC. This represents the most broadly interoperable solution across browsers, platforms, content and devices going forward.”

Because of this, clients even now dowdily sporting Internet Explorer 11 do not need to be worried. Support for Microsoft Silverlight will stay ever-present in the hands of legacy browser apps. If you are optimistically hoping to use the brand new Edge browser upon launch, you shouldn’t be reluctant either. The majority of sites have reduced Silverlight at any rate, shifting to much more ubiquitous platforms such as HTML5.

Particularly, Netflix reduced the support for Silverlight in preference of HTML5 in 2013. The newest addition to the Silverlight family was Silverlight 5 back in 2011, whilst getting constant updates from Microsoft, has not gone through an important change in over four years.


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