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Score 7.1 out of 100
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Score 4.6 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Adobe AIR is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend

Likelihood to Recommend

6.0

Adobe AIR

60%
10 Ratings
1.0

Microsoft Silverlight

10%
4 Ratings

Usability

7.0

Adobe AIR

70%
1 Rating

Microsoft Silverlight

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe AIR

I would recommend [Adobe AIR] because it works very well, I just wish there were more resources out there on it to help the onboarding.
Yosef Ing | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Silverlight

The Silverlight plug-in means developers can target a single, consistent runtime for browser-based apps, rather than working with the complexity of multiple browsers in different versions. You also get video and multimedia effects that are hard or impossible with pure HTML and JavaScript, though Adobe Systems' Flash has the same advantages.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Adobe AIR

  • Fast of build project: very good tools to developers
  • Multiplatform: has the promise of deploying one application package for multiple platforms
  • Easy of use: fast developing
  • Perfect tools: instrument are simply but powerful
  • Good documentation
  • Make App for Android, iOS, Desktop
  • It's very time/cost efficient: saves great amount of time
Stefano Monti | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Silverlight

  • Easy to implement
  • No need for additional frameworks on client side
  • Out of browser capabilities
Mateusz Michałek | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Adobe AIR

  • It is cumbersome to update if you use Flash Builder.
  • It still relies on Flash and vector graphics and therefore can have poor performance unless you are using a third-party library such as Starling.
  • It is updated somewhat slowly and is still missing some useful features such as controller support.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Silverlight

  • No longer being supported
  • No upkeep with ria services
  • Be nice to work in a modern browser
Kiel Knisely | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Adobe AIR

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

Microsoft Silverlight

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Starting Price

Usability

Adobe AIR

Adobe AIR 7.0
Based on 1 answer
Although Adobe AIR is just an SDK without an actual "UI" it's commonly used within Flash, Flash Builder, or FlashDevelop. Considering the integration with Flash IDE, there are very few tools that can compete with its features.
Thomas Gorence | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Silverlight

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Adobe AIR

Originally, Adobe AIR was the only game in town, and its blend of flexibility in platforms it could publish to (PC, Mac, iOS, Android), ease of use, and familiarity made it the clear choice. Now Adobe no longer supports it, and we’ve found the transition to Harmon unworkable for us.
Jon Marr | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Silverlight

Microsoft Silverlight allows more adaptability and it integrates well with our products across the company. Adobe Flash crashes or doesn't work with our shipping campus.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Adobe AIR

  • Allows easy porting of functionality and look and feel to many diverse platforms.
  • Shorten development and deployment time.
  • Reduced training and support costs by re-using common widgets.
John Mihaila | TrustRadius Reviewer

Microsoft Silverlight

  • Increased lecture delivery
  • Improved academic experience
  • Less A/V tech support and delay
Zubair Ahmed | TrustRadius Reviewer

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