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KB955011 Silverlight Update

Some of you may have noticed that there is a new critical update on Windows Update. This update brings Silverlight 2 Beta 2 up to a new build described in KB955011.

This update improves stability, media streaming, and the auto-update component. Most importantly for a lot of people is that this build improves support for Firefox 3.

Up till now, I’ve received a lot of questions from people about Silverlight on Firefox 3. They said that it just proves Microsoft cannot write a Netscape style plug-in. The fact is though that Firefox 3 included some breaking changes to the Netscape style plug-in that they did not share with Microsoft. They did however chose to share the details with Adobe. I’m sorry to go off on a rant here, but I think that this negativity towards Microsoft is completely unwarranted. Silverlight is a really good product and you will be seeing a lot more of it here on my blog.

Give Silverlight a chance. If you are a little weary about installing beta software, there is a released version of it that downloads lickity-split. Go to www.microsoft.com/silverlight or silverlight.net for more information. If we can get more of you out there to install it, then maybe I won’t have to use the Windows Media Player control as much at work.