Microsoft Expression

This looks like a really old post. Stay for the retro vibes but be aware any information in this post is likely way out of date.

Microsoft has announced their new development software, called Expression (and so the inevitable death of Frontpage by June 2008 - yey!). It is a set of graphic, interactive and web software which is aimed at the Windows application and web developers. I don’t know about this one, can it be good enough to pry away creatives from their Macs and Adobe products? Does anyone have time to learn another product? The first 2 packages are available now for trial, I’m going to have a play with the web segment when it comes out, but I have a feeling it’ll be one of those trials I end up removing rather than upgrading.

From the video-demo the web part looks a lot like most other visual development environments for the web, though it appears to have a rendering engine built from the ground-up to be standards-compliant and that isn’t IE7. Why not? Personally I’d still be testing everything in multiple browsers starting with FireFox. Built-in rendering engines just make me suspicious.