Front Page gone... at last!

Microsoft Office Assistance: The next generation of Microsoft application building and Web authoring tools:

" What happened to FrontPage?
After nine years of being an award-winning [this is BS; if it is that good why would you discontinue it?] 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 these three brand-new application building and Web authoring tools using the latest technologies, Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Designer 2007 for the enterprise information workers, Microsoft® Expression™ Web Designer for the professional Web designer and Microsoft® Visual Studio 2005 for the Web developer."

(Via Goodbye FrontPage - We will Miss You :-(.)

I do not usually blog about such things but I find that this is not a sad event but a rather joyful one. I really hate Front Page. I touched it once when it came out in Office 2000. And once again in Office 2003. Both times, it has annoyed me to no end. I cannot put my finger on it. Its interface is really bad for coding. And it does not have a good set of templates. Also, I think it tries to include weird tags that only Microsoft products can use. Eventually I just decided to use Dreamweaver (although I feel that the latest version is a bit too bloated for its own good as well) and just coding some web pages using raw HTML.

I am not the only one who thinks that Front Page should just go down the drain. Check out what the Channel 9 guys have to say. Also, see what has to offer.

Another product that has been a constant annoyance to me is Visio. However, that is just probably my opinion since all I need is something simple like OmniGraffle.

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