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Important Notice for Chrome Users

March 20, 2015

If you use Chrome for your web browsing, you may have already noticed that Chrome has asked you to enable Silverlight when starting Map Milwaukee.  This was the first phase of Google's plan to deprecate support for Silverlight in the Chrome web browser.

In April, 2015, Google will release another update that will completely disable Silverlight from running in Chrome. At this point, it will be technically possible to work around this change, but is not something the average user will likely want to do.

In September, 2015, Chrome will completely lose the ability to run Silverlight with no way to work around this change.

What do you need to do?

If you are a Chrome user, you will need to use Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox to use the Map Milwaukee Applications.  If you already use Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox, you don't have to do anything - Silverlight and Map Milwaukee applications will continue to work in these browsers.

What are we doing?

The City of Milwaukee GIS section is currently in the early phases of a project to implement a number of upgrades to our system.  As part of this process, we will be redesigning the Map Milwaukee applications so they will not require Silverlight to run (they will be designed for HTML5).  This project will be happening over the next year.

To date, we have chosen to create Map Milwaukee applications using Silverlight because it offered the most functionality for our applications.  The functionality gap is quickly closing between Silverlight and HTML5, and we plan to make the switch to HTML5.  This change will also enable Map Milwaukee to work on all devices - including tablets and phones - something we all want.

We will keep you informed as we make changes.  Information will be shared here in the Map Milwaukee Portal, in the Map Milwaukee Newsletter, and through E-Notify.

The bottom line:

Starting in April, 2015, Map Milwaukee applications will not work in Chrome.
Map Milwaukee applications will continue to work in Internet Explorer and Firefox.

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