Microsoft Blend for Visual Studio

What is Microsoft Blend for Visual Studio?

Microsoft Blend is a user interface tool developed by Microsoft. It collaborates with Visual Studio in creating graphical designs for Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Silverlight Corporation. The tool was designed to create web and desktop applications for Windows.

Microsoft Blend is also known as Microsoft Expression Blend. It was part of the Microsoft Expression Suite when it was first released. Soon after that, the software was redesigned to blend with the tools and designs for the Visual Studio. Thus, the name Blend came up, and the Microsoft Expression Suite was discontinued by the company.

Microsoft Blend is a collection of designing tools for Visual Studio. It lets the user define and create Windows-based apps using common programming languages like JavaScript, VB, and C++ and C #. It also supports WPF text engine with advance clear type vector 2D and 3D widgets that accelerates hardware components through DirectX.

Microsoft Blend usually comes with the Microsoft Visual Studio package. The user can find it in the VB folder on his computer. He can go to the Start Menu, look for Visual Studio sub-menu, and click blend. For programmers that use JavaScript, Microsoft Blend has a built-in suite of HTML, CSS and CSS3. This enables the programmers to design animations, debug HTML content and design HTML pages. In VB, C++ and C#, the tool supports XAML suite for designing buttons, elements, styling controls and binding templates.

The Microsoft Blend basically runs in Windows operating system. However, it requires a higher version of Windows due to its hardware acceleration that may not be supported by older version of Windows. It runs in Windows 7 and Windows 8. The software also supports Windows Server 2012, apart from this; the program requires a DirectX for accelerating hardware components and applications.

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