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The Tinsmith
 
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Post Posted April 28th, 2017, 4:46 pm

First I do not want a flame war. But I am curious.

I see some people that say that they need the Silverlight plugin. Yet I can not think of, do not know of, a site that uses it. And I do not recall anyone actually posting a link to 'this mystery site'.?? I have never had this plugin installed myself. Ever.

I see others insisting that they need the Java plugin for 'some mystery site' but once again I can not think of any site, not one, that requires it. A default install of the Java.exe does not enable the java browser plugin. And Oracle is working on dumping it.

Could someone clear this up? Or am I seeing 'well we always did it that way' stuff.

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Post Posted April 28th, 2017, 4:59 pm

Valid question :) Just as a swag need for these plugins would most probably be legacy software in universities and various industries. Been a long time since I even installed JAVA on any of my home pc's and I don't think I ever installed Silverlight.
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Post Posted April 28th, 2017, 5:25 pm

The Tinsmith wrote:I see others insisting that they need the Java plugin for 'some mystery site' but once again I can not think of any site, not one, that requires it. A default install of the Java.exe does not enable the java browser plugin. And Oracle is working on dumping it.

I still need the Java plugin for old Java games that don't work in appletviewer. The games were free downloads, so I just play them locally, it's not really a "site". Looks like most of the sites in question no longer exist, but this one is still going - http://www.javafile.com/

And also like malliz said, some people need specific old version of the Java plugin for legacy corporate software.
*Always* check the changelogs BEFORE updating that important software!

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Post Posted April 29th, 2017, 5:20 am

Thanks to you both.

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Post Posted April 29th, 2017, 8:19 am

You're welcome. :)
*Always* check the changelogs BEFORE updating that important software!

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Post Posted May 1st, 2017, 6:11 pm

Netflix used to require Silverlight. I think they added support for HTML5 sometime in 2013. I'm not aware of any other popular/high traffic web sites that used it. Supposedly 0.1% of web sites currently use it.

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Post Posted May 2nd, 2017, 3:34 pm

I need Silverlight for Microsoft's SharePoint, and other older site. As already said they are Legacy programs, so nothing new I think needs it.

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Post Posted May 2nd, 2017, 3:51 pm

Microsoft's SharePoint


Now there is 'one' I have never heard of.

But I find it odd that a Microsoft site still requires a plugin that they dropped years ago in 2012

So is this a 'company thing' with not up-to-date software or Windows versions or a "Microsoft thing'?

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Post Posted May 2nd, 2017, 4:04 pm

The Tinsmith wrote:
Microsoft's SharePoint


Now there is 'one' I have never heard of.

But I find it odd that a Microsoft site still requires a plugin that they dropped years ago in 2012

So is this a 'company thing' with not up-to-date software or Windows versions or a "Microsoft thing'?


It's a company thing. We just moved to SharePoint 2016, so getting off the old 2013 SharePoint site that still needs Silverlight will take a bit of time.

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Post Posted May 2nd, 2017, 4:15 pm

SharePoint....+1
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Post Posted May 2nd, 2017, 4:16 pm

It's a company thing. We just moved to SharePoint 2016, so getting off the old 2013 SharePoint site that still needs Silverlight will take a bit of time.


Ah. So you do have a solution. That is good. But you (your company) has seen that the latest Firefox ESR will, if I read it correctly, still support Silverlight for almost one more year?

However your company should not wait that long. :-)

Company.s can do strange things. While in undergrad school I drove a delivery truck and the company would not repair or maintain it. I would think that they paid enough money having it towed to the shop for repairs to buy a new one.

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Post Posted May 3rd, 2017, 2:13 pm

Outlook Web Access utilizes Silverlight for file attachment dialogs, but it's not necessary. You can still use a default browser upload dialog box with Silverlight installed
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