Microsoft's Silverlight Client for Facebook released

Scott Guthrie, VP of Microsoft's Developer Division, originally demonstrated a Silverlight client for Facebook during his PDC 2009 keynote late last year.

Today Microsoft has made the Silverlight Client available for Windows and Mac OS X users to install. The client requires Silverlight 4 and installs a simple link to the web version which loads in its own window. As is expected with Facebook clients, you can see a full time line from your feed, pictures, video and Facebook notifications. You're also able to drag and drop pictures to easily share with Facebook friends.

Microsoft has also added the ability to take pictures from your webcam. According to Microsoft's Tim Heuer "The Facebook client is meant to be a working demonstration/inspiration of what one could do with existing services and providing different views into an existing application framework." Microsoft officials also confirmed no source code would be made available initially for the application. The application is also similar to what Microsoft demonstrated in April last year, originally named "Silverface".

Microsoft also released a Windows 7 Facebook client named "Fishbowl" in November 2009.  Fishbowl also includes Windows 7 only features, including taskbar notifications, jump-lists and taskbar previews

Download: Silverlight Client for Facebook

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Eddie ELZ said,
Too bad it's not available for download as the article states...

It is. Me and others have downloaded it and have it working on our systems. What problems are you having with downloading it?

It takes me in a loop, tells me I need a newer version then tells me I have the latest..

Also it doesn't like Chrome..
Rather annoyed :/

Works really good for me. Its very snappy, and everything loads so quickly.
The absence of the chat is the only thing keeping me from using this app though.

Definitely a keeper if chat is incorporated in the near future :)

Ok i installed Silverlight 4 dev beta for OS X, and then installed the FB app

How do i start it? it never told me where it installed the app to

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Have you tried searching for "Silverlight 4 Beta Client"?

xiphi said,
(quote feature seems to be broken with your name)

Have you tried searching for "Silverlight 4 Beta Client"?

I already have Silverlight beta 4 installed, and the silverlight facebook app, but where did it install it to and how do i start it, when i got back to the installed page it says i already have it installed and to run it from my shortcut, but there is no shortcut

xiphi said,
Spotlight doesn't pull up anything related to Silverlight or facebook?

Silver Light yes but that is just the silverlight preferences pane and the Developer Configuration

murkurie said,
Now where's my ZuneHD facebook app

zune's coming down tonight for 24 hours for maintenance. hopefully we get it tomorrow :)

I can't login It gives me the login window on start and a simple ie message "This program cannot display the webpage" . Now what ?

LacusMD said,
I can't login It gives me the login window on start and a simple ie message "This program cannot display the webpage" . Now what ?

I'm having the same problem

Looks beautiful, and is smooooooooth. So far, it's crashed once. (BTW, love the new photo gallery display of Ignition).

xiphi said,
Looks beautiful, and is smooooooooth. So far, it's crashed once. (BTW, love the new photo gallery display of Ignition).

agreed! love the nice transitions and zune like interface. photo gallery display is a very nice addition too.

Click the second link at the bottom "View: Silverlight Client for Facebook" to get it. The first one did the same thing for me. When I clicked the second, it brought me to a different page where the link was at the bottom to download the Windows and OSX versions of the beta

spenser.d said,
Looks very nice. Less featured than Fishbowl, but it's much snappier.

Are you sure about that? It seems fairly laggy to me, especially when scrolling.

Omen1393 said,

Are you sure about that? It seems fairly laggy to me, especially when scrolling.


It's snappy here.

Wonderful...

Tells me I need to update to a newer version of Silverlight...

...So when I click to say "Yeah, go for it, install it", it then tells me:

"Coming Soon: The version of Silverlight you have requested is not yet publicly available. "

Well done Microsoft.

Windows 7 H.P. 64 Bit Edition here...

shadamehr said,
Wonderful...

Tells me I need to update to a newer version of Silverlight...

...So when I click to say "Yeah, go for it, install it", it then tells me:

"Coming Soon: The version of Silverlight you have requested is not yet publicly available. "

Well done Microsoft.

Windows 7 H.P. 64 Bit Edition here...

That's odd, it worked fine for me.

Omen1393 said,

That's odd, it worked fine for me.

Ahhhh...

Needs Internet Explorer...

Won't work in Firefox (the install that is), as it needs I.E. to prompt you to install the required app.

Firefox just gives the error as mentioned earlier.

Doh. Both to me, and to M.S...

shadamehr said,

Ahhhh...

Needs Internet Explorer...

Won't work in Firefox (the install that is), as it needs I.E. to prompt you to install the required app.

Firefox just gives the error as mentioned earlier.

Doh. Both to me, and to M.S...

Install works in Firefox, too.

shadamehr said,
Wonderful...

...So when I click to say "Yeah, go for it, install it", it then tells me:

"Coming Soon: The version of Silverlight you have requested is not yet publicly available. "

Well done Microsoft.

It's a tech preview app for Silverlight 4 beta, which is freely available, but only meant for developers, hence no auto-install...

So what about Fishbowl? That is a silverlight based client desktop application too. It's even made for Microsoft yet, Fishbowl has more features than this version, such as a mini mode, facebook chat, and notifications yet Microsoft is working on a completely separate silverlight based application? It's very confusing imo.

Omen1393 said,
So what about Fishbowl? That is a silverlight based client desktop application too. It's even made for Microsoft yet, Fishbowl has more features than this version, such as a mini mode, facebook chat, and notifications yet Microsoft is working on a completely separate silverlight based application? It's very confusing imo.

Fishbowl is WPF.

Strike X said,

Can Microsoft afford it?

They wanted to buy yahoo for a ridiculous price of $33bil, then nothing under the sun is out of MS's budget.

LAMj said,

They wanted to buy yahoo for a ridiculous price of $33bil, then nothing under the sun is out of MS's budget.

Buy facebook is better than Yahoo..

PureLegend said,
Anyone else find it odd that Microsoft are now supporting two Facebook clients?

Not really considering Microsoft has a £117 million stake in Facebook

kezzzs said,

Not really considering Microsoft has a £117 million stake in Facebook

Yeah but I don't think having £117 million stake is reason enough to make two clients that do pretty much the same thing and has the same purpose.

PureLegend said,

Yeah but I don't think having £117 million stake is reason enough to make two clients that do pretty much the same thing and has the same purpose.

Technology demos for WPF and SL.

PureLegend said,
Anyone else find it odd that Microsoft are now supporting two Facebook clients?

I think this one is aimed at touch platform...

Rudy said,
Not bad...would be 100times better if it supported facebook chat

Then download, Fishbowl which is another client based silverlight application that also has chat support. http://www.fishbowlclient.com/

Omen1393 said,

Then download, Fishbowl which is another client based silverlight application that also has chat support. http://www.fishbowlclient.com/


Windows only....not sure why, I thought SIlverLight was compatible with OSX

Rudy said,

Windows only....not sure why, I thought SIlverLight was compatible with OSX

Maybe OSX doesn't have support for 4.0 yet? I dunno.

Rudy said,
Not bad...would be 100times better if it supported facebook chat

Most multi-protocol chat clients support Facebook already.

Xilo said,

Most multi-protocol chat clients support Facebook already.
Why would I use this AND have to use another client for the chat? Makes no sense...I'll keep using the web client

Omen1393 said,

Then download, Fishbowl which is another client based silverlight application that also has chat support. http://www.fishbowlclient.com/

Fishbowl just opens a web browser window to Facebook's pop-out chat mode, no real chat support.

Rudy said,
Why would I use this AND have to use another client for the chat? Makes no sense...I'll keep using the web client

Well, a ton of people already use multi-protocol IMs on their regular desktop PCs...