Microsoft Offers Devs New Tools

Microsoft announced today the availability of Microsoft Expression Studio 4, which allows designers and developers to work and create applications using their existing skills.

“Great design and development both require passion, skill and exceptional tools. With Expression Studio 4, we’re delivering a single toolset that brings these two worlds together,” said S. “Soma” Somasegar, senior vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft.

“The new features in Expression Studio 4 enable better customer engagement, greater flexibility and faster time-to-market.”

New features and functionality found within Expression Studio 4 incldue:

Seamless flow between design and development. Expression Studio 4 Ultimate, which includes Blend and SketchFlow, allows the quick translation from ideas to rich, digital prototypes and simplifies the creation of applications for Silverlight and for mobile devices, such as Windows Phone 7.

The toolset makes it easier than ever to build and deploy websites. Advanced visual diagnostics also speed browser compatibility testing.

Encode a wide variety of video file formats, such as VC-1 and H.264, to make simple edits and enhance your media for distribution through players built with technologies such as Silverlight.

By Mike Sachoff

Mike is a staff writer for WebProNews. Visit WebProNews for the latest ebusiness news.

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