The SharePoint Team blog has detailed a great new announcement organizations looking to customize SharePoint deployments! In a letter to SharePoint customers, the team stated:
In response to this feedback, we are implementing a number of changes to promote and facilitate even more customization efforts on top of our platform:
- Starting on April 1, 2009, we are making SharePoint Designer 2007 available as a free download.
- Customers with SharePoint Designer 2007 Software Assurance (SA) current as of April 1, 2009 will receive upgrade rights to Expression Web for the lifetime of their SA agreement.
At first I thought this was some late April Fool’s joke that was delayed because of legal. Thankfully, this is 100% legit and it means that people can more easily start moving away from the standard ugly templates that most organizations stick with.
Finally, the SharePoint team have also posted a video about the reasons for these changes.