XLStylesTool is Upgraded to Silverlight 5 and Moves to Windows Azure

Silverlight 5 version is here: XLStylesTool on Windows Azure.

The usage of the browser based Silverlight 4 version of the XLStylesTool has been rapidly increasing since its launch exactly one year ago. Much to my surprise the free hosting server got shutdown without a warning some time yesterday. A bunch of people contacted me. Amazing to see how many people work on corrupted MS Excel files even on the weekends. I had to do something about it fast, so I upgraded the app to Silverlight 5 and moved it to Windows Azure where I currently have free subscription. The app will stay there until things change. All hosting suggestions are welcome. I want to continue offering XLStylesTool for free.

Quick feature overview:

  • Native 64 bit support: Silverlight 5 comes with 64 bit runtime
  • Speed: my initial tests show that Silverlight 5 version is faster in reading and processing files
  • Runtime upgrade/installation: if you don’t have Silverlight 5 installed yet you will be prompted to download it. Bad news: Microsoft publically announced that they won’t be enhancing Silvelright anymore. Good news: current version of Silverlight has amazing features and will be supported until October 2021!
  • Mac OS users can use this version just like SL4. System requirements:
    • Intel
    • Mac OS X 10.4.11 or later
    • Firefox 3 or later, Safari 4 or later, or other modern browser
  • Windows Azure pretty much guarantees 100% service uptime
  • Creating new Windows Azure account, service and application plus performing Silverlight 5 upgrade took roughly 4 hours

Please report any issues and provide feedback.

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10 Responses to XLStylesTool is Upgraded to Silverlight 5 and Moves to Windows Azure

  1. Pingback: Releasing browser based XLStylesTool (Silverlight version) | XLGeek's space

  2. Thomas says:

    Sergeig, using Mac OS Safari to clean XLSM spreadsheets. All of a sudden the scanning just continues without cleaning. Use to take a second. I’ve reinstalled Silverlight 5 to no avail. Any suggestions. Thanks!!

  3. Thomas says:

    Yes it does, but it says to INSTALL Silverlight plug-in which IS installed. So I guess it’s a issue I have to figure out. Thanks so much for your timely responses and the your Too Many Styles Fix. It has saved my workbooks!

  4. Thomas says:

    A follow-up. The site demos.telerik says the version “Silverlight 5 (5.1.20913.0) is installed: You are ready to use MS Silverlight. But when I go to xlgeekwebapps.cloudapp.net/default.aspx your
    app doesn’t show up but…the blue frame with logo does…”MS Silverlight To view this content, please install MS Silverlight Click now to install”.

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