Microsoft is talking about it's Expression Studio product at the Future of Web Apps event in London and Tim Anderson had some interesting information from some of the folks working the Microsoft booth:
Obviously the "WPF/E" bit is interesting news. I had been told that a CLRified version of "WPF/E" would be shipping in the 1.0 release but I think the plan for the team is to make a lot of small updates in quick succession so that they can grow the product as customer needs expand. It's a good strategy, but even "less than a year" is a long time to wait for managed code.
The other interesting part of the quote is the mention of a lot of the ex-Macromedia folks working at Microsoft. While a lot of these guys have been at MSFT for a long time, Andrew Shorten is one name that caught my eye. He was a pretty big part of the Flex world in the UK and I wholeheartedly agree with Tim that the merger shakeout seems to have worked out well for Microsoft. Andrew seems like the kind of guy that would be a tough loss. It will be interesting to see what he does now that he's on the other side of the RIA fence.