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Blend for HTML provides a rich toolset for authoring HTML and CSS-based user experiences, helping you to create, layout, and style visually on a high-fidelity design surface. In particular, Blend for HTML makes working with CSS a lot more enjoyable: you can focus on concepts rather than on syntax, and you get immediate visual feedback on anything you do. Building great user experiences is usually a multi-disciplinary effort, spanning development and design. Therefore, Blend for HTML is built on the same philosophy as our previous releases of Expression Blend for XAML: a rich, design-centric visual authoring environment paired with great developer-designer workflow. Where Blend for HTML takes a design-centric view, Visual Studio gives you the code-centric complement. Expression Blend and Visual Studio share the same project files, and they can be used simultaneously by a single person or across a team of people with specialized skills.
Here are a few highlights of the first preview of Blend for HTML:
Along with the Visual Studio 11 Express for Windows Developer Preview, we have also made available a developer preview of Blend for HTML (look for the Expression Blend 5 Developer Preview). This is just the beginning, and the team and I are looking forward to hearing your feedback.