WPF/E

Announcing the release of the first "WPF/E" CTP

“WPF/E” is the Microsoft solution for delivering rich, cross-platform, interactive experiences including animation, graphics, audio, and video for the Web and beyond. Utilizing a subset of XAML (eXtensible Application Markup Language)-based Windows Presentation Foundation technology, “WPF/E” will enable the creation of content and applications that run within multiple browsers and operating systems (Windows and Macintosh) using Web standards for programmability. Consistent with Web architecture, the XAML markup is programmable using JavaScript and works well with ASP.NET AJAX. Broadly available for customers in the first half of 2007, “WPF/E” experiences will require a lightweight browser plug-in made freely available by Microsoft (Compare it with Flash of Adobe). It's time to export those XAML(WPF) programs to the web, download and install this browser plugin for IE and/or Firefox, on Windows or Macintosh.

Announcing the release of Microsoft Expression

Microsoft announced Microsoft Expression Studio today. I've been using Expression Blend in one of mine classes..

Microsoft Expression takes your creative possibilities to a new level. The professional design tools and innovative technologies in Expression give you the flexibility and freedom to bring your vision to reality—whether you are designing standards-based Web sites, rich user experiences on the desktop, or managing digital assets and content. Expression Studio includes the following products:

Expression Web 
is a professional design tool to create modern, standards-based sites which deliver superior quality on the Web.

 

Expression Design 
is a professional illustration and graphic design tool that lets you build compelling elements for both Web and desktop application user interfaces.

 

Expression Blend
is the professional design tool to create engaging, Web-connected, user experiences for Windows.

 

Expression Media
is a professional asset management tool to visually catalog and organize all your digital assets for effortless retrieval and presentation.

 

Scott Guthrie wrote an excellent blog about WPF/E. Start downloading WPF/E today and go to some of the samples or download one of the Expression Studio's and start design your own UI's.