Microsoft Kill Off Frontpage - At Last
News on the Frontpage website confirms recent speculation that Microsoft are set to kill off Frontpage completely replacing it with a set of professional design tools and suites for Windows Vista.
To answer the question of "What happened to Frontpage?" Microsoft said:
After nine years of being an award-winning Web authoring tool, FrontPage will be discontinued in late 2006. We will continue to serve the diverse needs of our existing FrontPage customers with the introduction of two brand-new application building and Web authoring tools using the latest technologies: Office SharePoint Designer 2007 for the enterprise information workers and Expression Web for the professional Web designer.
So what will be replacing frontpage?
Microsoft will still continue to offer web design tools for Windows Vista, But they will come in the form of two applications called Office SharePoint Designer 2007 and Expression Web.
Office SharePoint Designer is, Appart from being a name that doesn't describe what you get, A tool to "Quickly create powerful solution applications on the SharePoint platform to enhance your productivity and deliver rich-looking sites..
Expression Web is a suite that gives you all the powerful tools you'll need to produce high-quality, standards-based Web sites the way you want them. Take advantage of the best of dynamic Web-site design, enabling you to design, develop, and maintain exceptional modern-day Web sites.
The idea behind this change is that regular PC users are less interested in creating personal pages now, And should they want to create a personal page they are far more likely to take advantage of one of the many free blog services that are available. So instead of continuing to beat the dead horse that is Frontpage, Something which hasn't offered Frontpage extension support on Linux servers since 2002, It would be better to kill frontpage and concentrate on more professional web development tools.