Microsoft Releases Expression Studio

Microsoft has released Expression Studio, looking to enhance it’s family of prefessional design tools, they announced that Expression Web is shipping, Expression Media was announced; the latest technology previews deliver product and new platform advancements with the first CTP of WPF/E. Also, made available today is the first CTP of Windows Presentation Foundation Everywhere (WPF/E). WPF/E is a cross platform browser plug-in for delivering rich media, animation and video content. Expression Media and Expression Design provide support for authoring content for the WPF/E CTP. Wow, that’s a lot of acronym’s.

Microsoft Corp. today announced significant product line enhancements along with pricing and availability of the Microsoft Expression Studio for creative professionals. The quality of user experience is emerging as a core requirement for differentiating products and services while optimizing customers? brand loyalty. Expression Studio, a key component of Microsoft?s strategy for improving the user experience delivered by applications, provides designers with an end-to-end tools platform that boosts collaboration with developers in the delivery of next-generation user experiences for the Web, Windows Vista applications and beyond.

Expression Studio comprises Expression Web for creating standards-based Web sites; Expression Blend (formally Interactive Designer) for designing rich interactive experiences for Windows; Expression Design (formally Graphic Designer) for the design of visual elements for Web and Windows experiences; and a new tool, Expression Media, which provides digital asset management and unifies team workflow across the suite. Expression Web is shipping today, and the full Expression Studio is planned for delivery in the second quarter of 2007.

?The Expression family, together with our Visual Studio development tools and platform technologies, uniquely elevates the craft of design and user experience to the forefront of the software development process,? said S. Somasegar, corporate vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft Corp. ?Our goal is to enable designers to collaborate like never before with development teams so together they can raise the bar for user experiences and deliver compelling, rich, immersive, highly usable applications and content across the Web, the Windows desktop, mobile devices and the digital home.? Source: Microsoft

Microsoft also unveiled final product pricing and availability for the complete Expression product family. Expression Web is available for an estimated retail price (ERP) of $299 (U.S.), and qualifying users of FrontPage can upgrade to Expression Web for $99 ERP.
Shipping in the second quarter of 2007, Expression Blend will be available for $499 ERP, Expression Media for $299 ERP, and the full Expression Studio for $599 ERP.
When it ships, Expression Studio will also be available as a $349 ERP upgrade to users who have purchased Expression Web and other qualifying Microsoft products. Full product pricing and availability information is available on the All Expression products for English-speaking markets will include getting-started video training courtesy of Total Training Inc.