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Microsoft Introduces Social Lightbox from Live Labs and Silverlight

Microsoft Live Labs has released an early version of a free tool for easy sharing of high-resolution Web- images. Enter a URL at and it will spit out a short link and embed code for a basic but sleek image viewer that lets you zoom around an image or image of a website.

The tool is usable and it looks great, reminding us of the fun and zoomy Street Slide feature Microsoft recently introduced in Bing Maps.

The tool converts any image to Silverlight’s Deep Zoom format and is ideal for bloggers, photo galleries and any situation in which people would want to share high-quality images on the internet. It holds promise for e-magazines and social readers like the blockbuster iPad app Flipboard.

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