Expression Blend and Design

The team blog of the Expression Blend and Design products.

Microsoft Expression News

We released important news today about the Expression family of products. Please visit the...

Author: Lori Dirks Date: 12/20/2012

Say “Hello” to BlendInsider

Hi everyone, If you have watched the BUILD keynotes and sessions, you may have seen some exciting...

Author: kirupa Date: 09/13/2011

Windows Phone 7 Themed Videos

As you can imagine, shortly after a major release like we had, most of us shift our focus slightly...

Author: kirupa Date: 11/11/2010

Windows Phone Developer Tools Released!

Today, we have released the final version of the Windows Phone Developer Tools. You can download it...

Author: kirupa Date: 09/16/2010

Windows Phone Developer Tools Beta Released

It’s been a while since we released an update for those of you working on Windows Phone 7 projects!...

Author: kirupa Date: 07/12/2010

Expression Blend Sessions from TechEd

A few weeks ago, a couple of Expression Blend team members presented at the TechEd conference held...

Author: kirupa Date: 06/20/2010

Check Out The New Pattern (XAML+CS) Library!

Creating great looking and functioning applications is tough. It requires having a good eye for...

Author: kirupa Date: 06/16/2010

Expression Studio 4 Launches

Today at Internet Week in NYC, we announced the availability of Expression Studio 4. You can...

Author: kirupa Date: 06/07/2010

While the PathListBox control provides an easy way to lay out items along a path, creating a...

Author: kirupa Date: 06/07/2010

Control Storyboards Easily using Behaviors

It’s been a while since the last article where I promised to write about all of the behaviors that...

Author: kirupa Date: 05/25/2010

How to add mockup controls to your Expression Blend library

In Expression Blend 4, one of the new samples we added is called MockupDemonstration. If you haven’t...

Author: kirupa Date: 05/13/2010

Updated Components for Windows Phone 7 Development

At MIX, we released an early preview of our support for building applications for Windows Phone 7...

Author: kirupa Date: 04/29/2010

Minor Update to The Expression Blend 4 Release Candidate

As most of you know, last week we released the release candidate version of Expression Blend 4....

Author: kirupa Date: 04/26/2010

Expression Blend 4 Release Candidate Available!

Recently, the final versions of both Silverlight 4 and .NET 4 have been released! To coincide with...

Author: kirupa Date: 04/16/2010

Expression Blend Sessions at MIX10

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the sessions from MIX10 that showcased Expression Blend 4,...

Author: kirupa Date: 03/29/2010

Dynamic Layout and Transitions in Expression Blend 4

Click here to watch Kenny’s MIX 2010 session that covers a lot of the topics that you see in this...

Author: kirupa Date: 03/16/2010

Expression Blend 4 Beta and Information on Windows Phone Development

As many of you know, today was the first day of MIX - Microsoft’s annual conference for designers...

Author: kirupa Date: 03/15/2010

Switching Visual States Easily using GoToStateAction

Over the next couple of weeks, it seems like a good idea to go over some of the behaviors we shipped...

Author: kirupa Date: 02/22/2010

Limited Time: 30% Discount on Expression Studio 3

Hi everyone, For a limited time, there is a 30% discount on all Microsoft Expression 3 products...

Author: kirupa Date: 12/22/2009

Try to Define Visuals in XAML

Ok, pop-quiz time. Below, you will find two screenshots I took from two different applications: [...

Author: kirupa Date: 11/24/2009

Download Expression Blend Preview for .NET 4

Today at PDC, we made a few announcements that would be of interest to you! First, Scott Guthrie...

Author: kirupa Date: 11/18/2009

Working with Layout when DataContexts are Involved

Hi everyone, When using Expression Blend, a common task you probably engage in is working with...

Author: kirupa Date: 11/16/2009

Simple Cartoon Animation using Visual States

One of the goals of Silverlight’s Visual State Manager technology is to let you do quite a bit of...

Author: kirupa Date: 11/10/2009

Storyboards, Visual States and SketchFlow Animations

What are these things – are they different ways of doing the same task? When would I use one in...

Author: kirupa Date: 10/13/2009

Visual State Manager tips for design and authoring

As you probably know, Silverlight and WPF have a runtime piece called the Visual State Manager (or...

Author: kirupa Date: 10/02/2009

Styling Tips for Silverlight and WPF Controls

In this article I’ve collected together some information and advice that you’ll find useful when...

Author: kirupa Date: 09/16/2009

Styling Tips for Silverlight and WPF Controls

In this article I’ve collected together some information and advice that you’ll find useful when...

Author: kirupa Date: 09/16/2009

Expression Blend 3 Survey- Win a free zune HD!!!

Hello! The Expression Blend team is currently planning features for future versions of Expression...

Author: kirupa Date: 09/15/2009

Silverlight Control Styling Tips Articles

We’ve published eleven new articles on the blog and they all contain information and tips that...

Author: kirupa Date: 09/09/2009

Control Styling Tips: RadioButton

Hello! In this article, I’d like to provide you with some information and tips that you’ll find...

Author: kirupa Date: 09/09/2009

Control Styling Tips: Button

Hello! In this article, I’d like to provide you with some information and tips that you’ll find...

Author: kirupa Date: 09/08/2009

Common Styling Tips: CheckBox

Hello! In this article, I’d like to provide you with some information and tips that you’ll find...

Author: kirupa Date: 09/08/2009

Control Styling Tips: Slider

Hello! In this article, I’d like to provide you with some information and tips that you’ll find...

Author: kirupa Date: 09/08/2009

Control Styling Tips: ScrollBar

Hello! In this article, I’d like to provide you with some information and tips that you’ll find...

Author: kirupa Date: 09/08/2009

Control Styling Tips: PasswordBox

Hello! In this article, I’d like to provide you with some information and tips that you’ll find...

Author: kirupa Date: 09/08/2009

Control Styling Tips: TextBox

Hello! In this article, I’d like to provide you with some information and tips that you’ll find...

Author: kirupa Date: 09/08/2009

Control Styling Tips: ScrollViewer

Hello! In this article, I’d like to provide you with some information and tips that you’ll find...

Author: kirupa Date: 09/08/2009

Control Styling Tips: ListBox

Hello! In this article, I’d like to provide you with some information and tips that you’ll find...

Author: kirupa Date: 09/08/2009

Control Styling Tips: ComboBox

Hello! In this article, I’d like to provide you with some information and tips that you’ll find...

Author: kirupa Date: 09/08/2009

Keyframe Marquee Selection, and other Timeline Tips

With Blend 3 it’s now possible to draw a marquee (or lasso) around keyframes to select all the...

Author: kirupa Date: 09/02/2009

Using Custom Value Editors for Behaviors

Ok, Jeff Kelly is back with Part IV of his coverage on behaviors-related topics. This one talks...

Author: kirupa Date: 08/26/2009

Blend 3 Samples Deconstructed

In my previous post, I mentioned that most of the samples from previous versions of Expression Blend...

Author: kirupa Date: 08/24/2009

Hi everyone, As many of you probably already know, the Expression Community site is where you go to...

Author: kirupa Date: 08/18/2009

Hi everyone, We have released an update to last week’s Deep Zoom Composer release to address a...

Author: kirupa Date: 07/30/2009

The States Pane and WPF Controls

Last October I described how to use the States pane in a WPF project with Blend 2 Service Pack 1....

Author: kirupa Date: 07/26/2009

Expression Blend 3 – Secrets of Working With Data

Evgeny is back with a great blog post describing some cool features related to the new Sample Data...

Author: kirupa Date: 07/23/2009

Caching and Deep Zoom Composer Downloads

Hi everyone, Some of you have let us know that the version of Deep Zoom Composer you downloaded...

Author: kirupa Date: 07/23/2009

Deep Zoom Composer Released!

Hi everyone, To coincide with the official launch of Expression Studio 3, we have released the first...

Author: kirupa Date: 07/23/2009

Expression Studio 3 LAUNCHED TODAY!

Today we announced the official launch of Expression® Studio 3, a suite of professional design tools...

Author: kirupa Date: 07/22/2009

A Look at Some Advanced Behaviors Features

Jeff Kelly is back with Part III of his behaviors coverage. This time, he focuses on the more...

Author: kirupa Date: 07/15/2009

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