MICROSOFT has confirmed that its new Edge browser, set to debut officially in four weeks' time as part of Windows 10, will not have support for Silverlight.
The Silverlight plugin is Microsoft's alternative to the popular but festering and disease-ridden Adobe Flash, offering a cross-platform runtime for rich content and viruses.
A blog post entitled Moving to HTML5 Premium Media now makes clear that, as well as ActivX controls, the Edge browser won't play nice with Silverlight as the company moves further toward the HTML5-based standards now being favoured by the industry as a whole.
But it doesn't stop there. The company has repeatedly said that it remains committed to Silverlight for the moment, but the new message is that it would be really spiffing if you'd stop using it.
The full statement reads: "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 workflow enabled by CENC [Common Encryption Scheme].
"This represents the most broadly interoperable solution across browsers, platforms, content and devices going forward."
Google has already begun the process of removing support for Silverlight, which runs off an ancient NPAPI plug-in, where the 'N' actually stands for Netscape. Yes, it's that old.
At the moment, you can switch support back on by going "under the hood" but that too will be taken away in September, despite many outlets having no plans to provide an alternative, as yet.
The removal of Silverlight has caused a number of popular sites to start misbehaving, including Now TV, Sky Go and BT Sport, as they relied on Silverlight for DRM.
DRM too is moving towards a CENC standard, and in doing so starts to negate the need for specialist (not to mention flawed) runtimes.
The blog post goes on to mention the available developer options as alternatives and explains in detail how to implement them. It's serious this time. Enough with the Silverlight, already. µ
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