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Microsoft announces Silverlight 4 RC download, final version next month

Microsoft said on Monday that it is making a Release Candidate (RC) version of Silverlight 4 for download.

At a keynote for Microsoft's MIX 2010 keynote, Scott Guthrie, Vice president of Microsoft's Developer Division, outlined Silverlight 4. Silverlight 4 includes webcam and microphone support, multicast streaming, output protection and offline DRM. Guthrie announced that the final version of Silverlight 4 will allow you to watch streams on multimonitors and carry on working on other monitors.

During the MIX 2010 keynote, Microsoft welcomed Raji Arasu on stage, eBay's Vice President of Technology. eBay demonstrated a new eBay application based on Silverlight 4. Built in functionality includes webcam support and image cropping allowing users to easily and quickly list an eBay item.

The eBay Silverlight application will be available next month when Silverlight 4 launches. Silverlight 4 RC also includes support for Google Chrome browser, hardware accelaration for Deep Zoom, graphics and printing enhancements and networking enhancements.

Microsoft says the final version of Silverlight 4 will be available "next month".

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