Microsoft’s developer conference MIX ’09 is going on right now, and there were some interesting points in the keynote yesterday around plans for Expression Web 3. Whenever this happens, I tend to get a bunch of private messages/tweets/IMs asking what my reaction may be as a product manager for Dreamweaver. I wanted to address them in general here.
In general- I think it’s great that Expression Web is in the market, as competition is vital to have – it helps keep everyone on their toes and ultimately our designers/developers win – with better tools over time. As for commentary on the specific features in Expression Web 3, they seem rather broad for the most part (CSS, PHP and standards improvements, SFTP, etc) and I’m not surprised or overly impressed with any of the new features, as in many ways they’re still catching up to the Creative Suite, and Dreamweaver. Given we’ve had quite a bit of lead time in the market, that’s to be expected.