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Microsoft has just released Silverlight 4 based facebook client for both Windows and Mac OS X. Back in April last year, Microsoft showed off a proof of concept facebook client which was made using facebook’s Open Stream API on Silverlight but unfortunately that never saw the light of the day. After a long wait, they have finally released a fully working client for users running Windows and OS X – with full capability to run it out-of-the-browser.

Facebook - Silverlight 4 Beta Client

This application brings together the many compelling platform capabilities of Silverlight 4 into a rich out-of-browser application in the familiar context of Facebook. Enjoy the photos, feeds, events, friends’ walls, and inbox mail from your Facebook account in an appealing and user-friendly environment.

Some of the features of the client are as follows:

  • Out-of-browser support
  • Hosting HTML content interactively
  • Local Device access (webcam)
  • Rich-Text control
  • Embedding alternative media content (i.e., YouTube)
  • Desktop notifications
  • COM integration (with Outlook) on the Windows platform
  • Right-click
  • Drag-n-drop
  • Window control
  • Animations

Facebook - Silverlight 4 Beta Client

To try out this Silverlight 4 based facebook client, head over to the official Silverlight page to download and install Silverlight 4 Beta for your respective platform.

Here is a short video, published by ithinkdifferent blog which shows the touch features of the app in action on a Windows 7 PC.

Silverlight 4 Beta, Visual Studio 2010 Beta and .NET Framework 4.0 were all released back in October last year.

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