I was pointed to what appears to be a great web conference coming up the days prior to PDC. The <head> conference. (hat tip – Anna Ullrich)
“the global web conference”
All online – no traveling. Sounds interesting, and it sounds to me like this is the best next way to deliver conferences. I mean, it’s great to be able to spend time with folks – nothing replaces the one to one communication and personal experience that comes with sharing time with a person in real time – but if the goal is communicating a particular message, in a one-to-many environment, then why can’t the web be the vehicle? I think that it absolutely can be the vehicle, and I’m looking forward to see how technology enables this conference.
$99 conference fee for early registrants, until Sep 30.
If you are a Web Designer, or involved in the construction of web sites, or if you do business on the web, or if you interested in where the next big thing is coming from. (Where was the CSS conference? All of a sudden, CSS was the place to be if you were building web sites) Well, MSFT is here to show you where the next wave is, and it’s going to be presented by others (i.e. Yahoo, Google), not just Microsoft, at the MIX’06 conference in Las Vegas next month – March 20-22.
This will put the shwizzle on the kibizzle.
I’m probably not saying that right (I’m old), but today’s release of the CTP editions of the Expression line of tools for Web Designers and Illustrators is welcome news. Not so much that Microsoft is offering products into an already crowded web industry, but that Microsoft Is Offering Products To Better Enable The Creation and Production Of Web Sites!!!
If you have 3:25 minutes, watch the video tour of the below three products. Where did all of those cool user interfaces come from that we’ve seen in teh Windows Vista demos? Hmmm…
Expression Interactive Designer — the web page says this is a work in progress, because it’s more of an Alpha release. Get your bugs reported now! This app is designed to allow you to build user interactive elements combining graphics, text, and animation. Note: this builds user interfaces for the web AND the desktop.
Expression Graphic Designer — This one had an earlier release, code-named “Acrylic”, last year. This is the vector-based and pixel-based graphics editor for illustrations, painting, and graphic design.
Expression Web Designer – This is the product that I’ve been waiting for. This is the high-quality, standards-based web designer that is compatible with the aspects of ASP.NET v2.0, such as Master Pages, and that hopefully will make everyone forget about BackPage. Where’s the CTP for this one?