Microsoft's New Web Developer Suite

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Microsoft has a history of entering markets that it has previously overlooked. Its entry into the Web publishing market is no exception.
But after years of minimal effort with FrontPage, Microsoft (Quote) is making another move with an entire suite around its Expression technology for both Web and application development.
The company will release Expression Studio, a Web development suite consisting of Expression Web, which will replace the out-of-date FrontPage; Expression Blend (code-named Interactive Designer) for designing Web-based interfaces; and Expression Design (code-named Graphic Designer) for designing visual elements for Web and Windows applications.
The two new parts of the suite are Expression Media, a digital asset management tool geared toward managing metadata and XML tags, and Expression Media Encoder. This tool will encode video for use by a new library, making them playable in any Internet device, whether desktop or mobile.

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