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November 18, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Microsoft PDC09: Silverlight Beta 4 now available

LOS ANGELES — Four months after releasing Silverlight 3, Microsoft is making Silverlight 4 available for beta testing. You can find it here.

Silverlight is multimedia user experience software that competes with Adobe Flash. For instance, Silverlight is being used by to stream the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games online, as well as te Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

New features include:

  • The ability to create experiences in non-browser places, like on the desktop.
  • Web cam and microphone support.
  • New animation features, like the ability to break a video screen into jigsaw puzzle pieces.
  • More manipulation of photos. Scott Guthrie, corporate vice president of the .NET Developer Platform, demonstrated this by warping a photo of himself that he then posted to Twitter as his profile pic.

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