Microsoft is getting ready to unveil two new products aimed at professional designers. Firstly, the company is to release a second test version of a program code-named Acrylic that's aimed at allowing designers to easily create art for Web pages. Additionally, there will be a new suite for designers, likely to be called “Microsoft Expressions Studio.” Microsoft has promised that this will boast tools that combine the best of vector, and some very cool tools for animation.

Acrylic and Microsoft Expressions Studio are aimed at making it easier to build Web applications on top of Windows Presentation Foundation, which Microsoft hopes will in turn lead to greater sales of Vista.