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Job Seekers Should Take Note: Microsoft to Phase Out Expression

By Martin Schaeferle

In most industries, the job market generally responds to consumer demand. To use a very simple analogy, think of the auto industry. Let's say GM rolls out a brand new car and customers respond enthusiastically. As a result, GM will likely direct more resources towards building more of that type of car. And more resources mean more jobs.The same can't necessarily be said for the IT industry, and that's because oftentimes a programming language is so far removed from the end-user customer.

After all, consumers don't wait in line to buy Java code. They wait in line to buy iPods, laptops, and PCs.So when a major player like Microsoft announces news to consolidate languages and platforms, IT job seekers should pay attention. Case in point: Microsoft announced it would end its support for some of its Expression design tools in a larger effort to consolidate elements of Expression with Visual Studio. In other words, Microsoft is placing their money on Visual Studio, and job seekers should take note. A good first step would be to check out our Visual Studio 2010 tutorial video.With these new developments, Microsoft is essentially dictating demand, and in turn, the quantity and quality of jobs associated with this demand.

 

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Martin Schaeferle
Martin Schaeferle has taught IT professionals nationwide to develop applications using Visual Basic, Microsoft SQL Server, ASP, and XML. He has been a featured speaker at Microsoft Tech-Ed and the Microsoft NCD Channel Summit, and he specializes in developing Visual Basic database applications, COM-based components, and ASP-based Web sites. In addition to writing and presenting technical training content, Martin is also LearnNowOnline's vice president of technology.


This blog entry was originally posted January 18, 2013 by Martin Schaeferle

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