Expression Blend and Design

The team blog of the Expression Blend and Design products.

April, 2010

  • Expression Blend and Design

    Updated Components for Windows Phone 7 Development

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    At MIX, we released an early preview of our support for building applications for Windows Phone 7 that only ran on a pre-release version of the .NET Framework.

    If you have been holding off on upgrading to the latest versions of Expression Blend, Visual Studio, or .NET 4, wait no more! Today, we (along with the Windows Phone team) are releasing an update to the components we released last month to work on the final version of .NET Framework 4.

    Download everything you need below:


    blendicon_3 Expression Blend 4 RC (Refresh)
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    Windows Phone Development
    Besides the RC posted above, you will need the following components installed for developing Windows Phone apps:

    1. Windows Phone Developer Tools
    2. Microsoft Expression Blend Add-in for Windows Phone
    3. Microsoft Expression Blend SDK for Windows Phone

    Besides support for .NET 4, there have been some general improvements to the overall design experience, emulator updates, and breaking API changes. You can get a broader overview on the Windows Phone Developer blog.

    As always, we love to hear from you. Please feel free to comment below or use our forums here.

    - The Expression Blend Team

  • Expression Blend and Design

    Minor Update to The Expression Blend 4 Release Candidate

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    As most of you know, last week we released the release candidate version of Expression Blend 4. Shortly after many of you had a chance to play with it, some of you reported that Expression Blend crashes during launch.

    If you are one of those people whose Expression Blend crashes after launch, please download this minor revision of the release candidate we released last week:


    blendicon_3 Expression Blend 4 Release Candidate (Updated)


    If you aren’t having any problems launching Blend, you do not have to upgrade. There are no new features or changes besides some changes to make sure Expression Blend runs properly on launch.

    Submit Error Reports!
    We were able to detect this issue thanks largely through the error reports those of you with this crash submitted. We constantly go through all of the crash reports we receive, and we try to fix as many of them as possible.

    While we hope you never have to experience crashes from running Expression Blend, if you do experience a crash, please do submit the error reports!

    Thanks,

    - The Expression Blend Team

  • Expression Blend and Design

    Expression Blend 4 Release Candidate Available!

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    Recently, the final versions of both Silverlight 4 and .NET 4 have been released! To coincide with this, we are releasing a release candidate version of Expression Blend 4 that you can use to target them:

    Download everything you need below:


    .NET Framework 4
    blendicon_3 Expression Blend 4 Release Candidate

    There are two things that you really need to know about this release.

    First, if you are doing Windows Phone development, you should not use the Expression Blend 4 RC. We will have an update for you soon with updated components, but in the meantime, please use Expression Blend 4 Beta.

    Second, this release of Expression Blend 4 targets the final versions of Silverlight 4 and .NET 4, you can share your creations with the rest of the world. You no longer are limited to only sharing your creations in source code form or for private testing.

    As always, we love to hear from you. Please feel free to comment below or use our forums here.

    - The Expression Blend Team

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