Microsoft has introduced the alpha release of Popfly, which provides an easy way to build and share mash-ups, gadgets, applications, web pages and other interactive content.
Popfly uses pre-built “Blocks” that connect to online services to help developers and content providers share material with others.
Popfly consists of two parts. Popfly Creator is a set of online visual tools for building web pages and mashups; and Popfly Space is an online community of creators, where users can host, share, rate, comment on and even remix creations from other Popfly users.
Microsoft said the technology behind Popfly “blurs the lines between consumers and developers, reaching beyond the non-professional developer to the ‘tweakers’ and ‘viewers’”.
Popfly furthers Microsoft’s efforts to “democratise development” by providing tools that anyone can use to build software, said the software manufacturer.
The private alpha Microsoft is releasing is designed to provide customers with an early look at the product and allow them to share their feedback with Popfly’s developers.
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