Silverlight in Opera (but no Silverligth 2 – at least not yet)

Silverlight is supposed to support the excellent Opera web browser, but there is a long road between theory and reality. As of right now, a clean instal of Silverlight will not function at all in Opera, even with the “masking” or “cloaking” feature. According to Opera themselves, Silverlight was supported already in version 9.22, but I’m running 9.26 and it doesn’t work for me.

Crazy Boomerang Blog has come up with a snippet of JavaScript that seems to solve this problem by cloaking Opera and pretending it’s Safari (!?!?) running on Windows. This works to a degree but depending on the SL app will cause the browser to crash. So far there is no support for Silverlight 2 and if you try to apply this smart little JS app, all you get is a blank space. I can’t say for sure, but it appears that this is actually an Opera problem and not a Silverlight one. Regardless, I hope the people at MS and Opera can get their heads together and get this app running on what is possibly the best (and definitely the fastest) browser on the planet.

[Crazy Boomerang Blog]

By Morten Rand-Hendriksen

Morten Rand-Hendriksen is a Senior Staff Instructor at LinkedIn Learning (formerly specializing in AI, bleeding edge web technologies, and the intersection between technology and humanity. He also occasionally teaches at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. He is a popular conference and workshop speaker on all things tech ethics, AI, web technologies, and open source.

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