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Microsoft Frontpage bids us goodbye.

Greetings from inside the SEOigloo!

Though our company has never used the rather dubious web page building product, Microsoft Frontpage, we were a bit concerned reading Jim Boykin’s recent blog post, Know a Site Built with Microsoft Frontpage? It’s news to no one that Frontpage has been responsible for some of the most unsightly websites on the net, since its debut in the late 90’s. However, as we have several clients who use the WYSIWYG editor it contains as a go-between tool for making their own simple updates to their websites, we said ‘uh-oh’ when we read Jim’s post.

Microsoft has a replacement product in the works, Expression Web, but it’s still in beta. Their decision to kill off FP before they’ve got a full-fledged product to offer in its stead seems like a bit of a weird move to us. This choice may lead a lot of WYSIWIG-dependent users to switch over to Adobe’s Dreamweaver, rather than waiting around for Microsoft to get something polished up. On the other hand, Expression Web may ultimately turn out to be a superior product. I posted over at Cre8asite Forums about this, and the general consensus seems to be that Adobe better get working on a better version of Dreamweaver if they want to compete seriously with EW in the future.

So, at this point, if you are using Frontpage, it’s time to learn some new skills. You can either take a look at downloading the free trial version of Expression Web.

On a silly note, I have to say, I don’t think Microsoft has much genius in coming up with catchy names. The recent Live Search they added to MSN really sounds flat. I’m afraid I can’t cite who said this, but I came across a comment to the effect of, “I’m going to Google something sounds great, but who’s going to live something?” Still better, perhaps, was one moderator AbleReach’s comment over at Cre8asite about the acronym ‘E.W.’. Ew? As in, ewwwww! Let’s hope that, unlike with good old FP, this isn’t what folks will be saying when they see sites built in EW.