Is Microsoft Expression the game changer?
Before I start this gushing, enthusiastic blog post, you need to know three things:
1) I’m an open source advocate
2) Though literate with the PC and Windows, my preferred platform is Mac OS X
3) I’ve been on a major hunt for next generation web technologies and enablers for the new adventure I’m on.
Knowing that major changes in the paradigm of tools to build richer web applications were underway by several companies, I keep my eyes and ears open and talk to lots of people in leadership positions and just in-the-know about what’s going on. Robert Scoble’s post today about the release of Sparkle (the code name for the now beta released Microsoft Expression) led me to the Expression site. There are videos, you can download a beta release, and read FAQ’s, specs and more.
I’ve thought long and hard about ways to build and deliver tons of web functionality with new methods and tools like AJAX, Laszlo (and OpenLaszlo) and lots of rumors about Adobe Apollo (the Flash-based rich internet application (RIA) development platform). There is either great open source software platforms like Drupal — or hosted Drupal offerings like Bryght — but the design of sites is pedestrian and the functionality offered good…but the bar is going to be raised pretty fast once Microsoft Expression is ready for prime time.
So on the one hand I’m beyond impressed and enthused about what Microsoft is delivering with these enabling tools. On the other, I’m excited about what will be built with these technologies and how it will take the Web up another notch. This will then replace much of what we do with desktop applications on our own computers and drive use to a place where we can access our digital life 24/7 from multiple platforms and device types.
Any caveats to my enthusiasm? Yep.
This is such a major leap forward that it is its own competitive advantage. Mischief isn’t necessary. If these enabling tools run only on PC’s, fine. If the Web applications they build are ANYTHING BUT 100% ADHERENT TO WEB STANDARDS it should be killed or crushed by users and coders alike. God forbid the applications run slightly better in Internet Explorer on a PC vs. Firefox or within a Mac or Linux OS…or a Windows Mobile driven device vs. a Linux powered one.
About Steve Borsch
Connecting the Dots Podcast
Podcasting hit the mainstream in July of 2005 when Apple added podcast show support within iTunes. I'd seen this coming so started podcasting in May of 2005 and kept going until August of 2007. Unfortunately was never 'discovered' by national broadcasters, but made a delightfully large number of connections with people all over the world because of these shows. Click here to view the archive of my podcast posts.