Telerik, an end-to-end provider of software application lifecycle and content management solutions, today announced the official release of Telerik f!acedeck – a Microsoft Silverlight-based client application for Facebook. The product, formerly known as “Microsoft Silverlight Client for Facebook Beta” and first released in early 2010, has been further developed by Telerik and is now available as the first official version under its new brand name, Telerik f!acedeck. Telerik will take over the application from Microsoft Corp. and continue its further evolution and support as a free tool for the public. Powered by Silverlight 4, Telerik f!acedeck delivers superior experience to Facebook users and offers unique features, such as drag-and-drop from the local file system and access to the video camera. The highly requested new features in the official version include instant loading and smooth scrolling of the Facebook wall, notifications and chat.
The most important new feature in Telerik f!acedeck is the chat capability, which allows users to send messages and instantly communicate with their friends. Also new is the notifications menu, which displays all relevant recent activities mimicking the official Facebook site. Finally, the central wall has been significantly enhanced to offer instant loading and smooth scrolling even with a very long list of items.
“Microsoft built the Facebook Toolkit to empower developers to create rich, compelling user experiences on the Web and we’re pleased to see Telerik taking advantage of the resources provided,” said Brad Becker, director of product management at Microsoft Corp. “Telerik’s innovative use of the Microsoft Silverlight-based toolkit demonstrates that next generation application experiences can be created today.”
Telerik f!acedeck Client for Facebook is immediately available from Telerik’s website (http://facedeck.telerik.com). The product is free and works on both Windows and Mac OS operating systems with the Silverlight 4 plugin installed.