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Getting started

Welcome to Microsoft Expression Blend, a full-featured professional design tool for creating engaging and sophisticated user interfaces for Microsoft Windows applications that are built on Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), for web applications that are built on Microsoft Silverlight, for interactive prototypes using SketchFlow, and Windows Phone applications. Expression Blend lets designers focus on creativity while letting developers focus on programming.

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SketchFlow is available only in Expression Studio Ultimate.

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Expression Blend for Windows Phone is available only when you install the Windows Phone Developer Tools Cc294537.xtlink_newWindow(en-us,Expression.40).png.

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The Silverlight runtime viewer is installed along with the Silverlight SDK when you install Expression Blend. Expression Blend uses this version of the runtime to display your project in Design view, but when you test your Silverlight application, the application will be rendered using the version of Silverlight that your browser uses. Your browser might use a version of the runtime that is more recent than the version that was installed with Expression Blend if you have visited a website that required a newer version of the runtime.

Getting started

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