Thursday, April 06, 2006

Blog design tools - Microsoft will replace Front Page

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In a recent newsletter, Microsoft announced it will be replacing it's html editing too, Front Page, with two new tools:

SharePoint Designer is a corporate web design product that integrates with Microsoft's SharePoint web design portal.

Expression will, according to Microsoft:
Take advantage of the best of dynamic Web site design, enabling you to design,
develop, and maintain exceptional standards-based Web sites.

Based on that description, I believe expression will be a more direct replacement for MS Frontpage, however, for people creating blogs, Microsoft recommends Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition:

Hobbyists and enthusiasts can also get Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition
which is a new, easy to use, and easy to learn development for building Web

It certainly would be interesting if SharePoint provided a corporate blogging feature that would allow businesses to create and maintain internal blogs as part of their own knowledge management programs. I've heard of a number of businesses promoting internal blogs -- has anyone used one? Would you? How has it helped your business?

I haven't tried a beta of any of the tools, however, Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition is available for download here. I'm tempted to try it and see if it helps create tables with clean html that I can import into blogger.

Have a wonderful Thursday.



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