Last year Microsoft said it was working on a professional graphics application called Expression Graphic Designer. A test version was released in June 2005 but today it appears that at the moment Microsoft isn't planning to launch this product:
"At the moment, there's no great reason for us to release it as a stand-alone product," the company's senior product manager for the for the Europe, Middle East and African professional designer markets, Wayne Smith, said last week during a trip down under.
In an interview with ZDNet Australia, Smith explained that Microsoft was taking so long to bring Graphic Designer to market because the company had put "a lot" of the development work for the application "on pause", until sibling products and Vista could be finalised.
"It's not been that someone's been beavering for all these months and getting nowhere," he said.