This is a common question “Do I need to install Silverlight Tools separately if I install Visual Studio 2012?” few people asked me online/offline. That’s why I came with this blog post.


If you are seeking for the information on the same topic, this post will tell you whether you need to install Silverlight separately and if it already comes with Silverlight, what are the versions that it supports. Continue reading and share to those who might find it useful.


Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 (version 11.x) now comes with Silverlight 5 preinstalled. If you are a Silverlight developer and already installed Visual Studio 2010 SP1, you might noticed that it comes with Silverlight 3 and Silverlight 4. Now Visual Studio 2012 RC and it’s future release version comes with Silverlight 5.


If you create a new Silverlight based application using Visual Studio 2012, you will notice that it comes preselected as “Silverlight 5”. Have a look into the below screenshot:


Silverlight 5 comes with Visual Studio 2012


If you click the dropdown, you will notice that the Visual Studio 2012 removed the targeted Silverlight 3 runtime and only supports Silverlight 4 and Silverlight 5. That means you can’t develop Silverlight 3 applications using it.


Check out the below screenshot:


Silverlight 4 and Silverlight 5 comes with Visual Studio 2012


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