Microsoft confirms that Edge browser doesn’t support Silverlight

Recently, Microsoft has confirmed that its latest web browser Microsoft Edge incorporated into Windows 10 will not be using many features that were part of its previous web browser¬†Internet Explorer. ActiveX based plugins are are also part of this features. Today Microsoft has also announced that Edge browser doesn’t support the company’s own Sliverlight web-based media player.

Microsoft has said in its official blog post that,

Support for ActiveX has been discontinued in Microsoft Edge, and that includes removing support for Silverlight. The reasons for this have been discussed in previous blogs and include the emergence of viable and secure media solutions based on HTML5 extensions. Microsoft continues to support Silverlight, and Silverlight 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 inter-operable solution across browsers, platforms, content and devices going forward.

First, Silverlight was introduced in 2007 which acts as an alternative for Adobe’s Flash Player for web based media. Sliverlight is used by the famous Netflix browser for its desktop streaming video service. Microsoft has released the last major version of Silverlight 5 in 2011 and the company has not indicated the plans to release the new major version of Silverlight. Recently most sites and Netflix have replaced Sliverlight to HTML5 web player.

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