Microsoft: No plans (for now) to host Expression Studio

Summary:On February 28, Adobe announced plans to release a hosted version of Photoshop within six months. Is rival Microsoft rushing to do the same with its growing family of design tools? For now, at least, the answer is no.

On February 28, Adobe announced plans to release a hosted version of Photoshop within six months. Is rival Microsoft rushing to do the same with its growing family of design tools? For now, at least, the answer is no.

In spite of its push to build a services component for just about every one of its software products, Microsoft doesn't have plans for a hosted Expression product line. Microsoft's philosophy is that while the Web is good for somet things, it's not suited for everything, a company spokeswoman said.

"We never rule out any options and rely on feedback from our customers base to help inform our product strategy, but right now do not have plans to provide a hosted version of Expression Studio," the spokeswoman said. "Above all else, customers want flexibility, and we are dedicated to delivering that with software + services. However to be clear, we're not trying to take the PC interface and functionality and port it on to the Web.

"It's important to look at what the Web is uniquely good at like universal access and sharing, and to look at the things that the PC is good at like flexible, fast UI regardless of connection speed and reliability. We're looking to provide the right combination of software + services that maximize the inherent strengths of both the online and offline worlds," she added.

Topics: Microsoft

About

Mary Jo Foley has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications, including ZDNet, eWeek and Baseline. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008). She also is the cohost of the "Windows Weekly" podcast on the TWiT network. Got a tip? Se... Full Bio

Contact Disclosure

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.

Related Stories

The best of ZDNet, delivered

You have been successfully signed up. To sign up for more newsletters or to manage your account, visit the Newsletter Subscription Center.
Subscription failed.