I’ve been talking to a couple of web page designers I know, and let me tell you they are not at all happy with MS. Why ? Microsoft always plays 2 sides of the coin.
An example in this space. They are about to launch a free product (Office Live) that let’s any person/business create their own web site, and host it for free. The other side of the coin is trying to push Expression onto web designers.
So the general statement whether intentional or not is… Come use our products instead of Adobes (insert others here) to design your sites for your clients, but we are just about to launch a product that let’s your clients do it themselves, effectively taking
allot of business from you, and making the sale much, much harder.
It’s like selling Photoshop, and providing the world with a free icon/logo creation service at the same time.
That said I know if I was a web designer I would refuse to use Expression just for that reason.
The programming side of MS is not that bad *yet* but we have been down the path part way. Moral of the story quite trying to have your cake and eat it too.
It’s of course different for Google as they aren’t doing that. Sure the online site creation is limited to what you can create, but 80% of all web sites are 7 page sites of really basic stuff.
Ms is definitely biting the hands that feed them.
Just looking at this scenario (and it’s not the only one), It would seem to me that there is a huge lack in internal coordination, and communication within MS.
Did nobody in marketing think that this might be a problem for the future of Expression?
I give Expression a couple of years with very few sales, until it fades off into the pile of worthless, and wasted effort.
It looks like a great product, but you need much more then that to sell it. 20% Development 80% execution. The 80% is off to a really unfortunate start.