It seems a long time past when people thought of websites as a luxury or some geek-chic status symbol. Now, a Web presence is an essential for doing business, and an increasingly central vehicle for promotion, organizing, and sharing information.
But not everyone is a master Web developer, nor does everyone have the money to hire one.
For those folks, Microsoft has an answer. On Thursday, the company is releasing a new free Web development tool set, dubbed WebMatrix, an offering that includes access to a Web framework, an embedded database and an array of open source Web tools that non-expert developers can integrate.
“Every day, more people are looking to build, publish and manage a website, and now, with WebMatrix, we provide developers of all skill levels with a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use solution to get their sites online,” Microsoft said.
HTML Goodies takes a look at the features and functionality Microsoft is offering with its new WebMatrix release.