Axure RP 9 will officially launch in just a few short weeks! If you want to get a head start on upgrading your existing perpetual licenses or purchasing some new ones, you can do that now.

The Axure RP 9 Beta is now available to all existing customers! If you've got version 8 activated on your computer, the version 9 beta should just work; if not, you may need to enter your license. To get started, head over to the Axure RP 9 Beta page.

Of all the changes we've made to Axure RP in version 9, the most dramatic might be the elimination of the Case Editor. In its place is an interaction builder directly accessible from the main screen's right sidebar. (Or, if you take advantage of version 9's configurable panes, you can put it wherever you want!) Here's a quick tour of how to build an interaction using the new interface.

Axure RP has long featured the option to add notes to pages and individual design elements. These notes were originally intended to serve as part of the tool's functional specification output. They've also been available from the prototype player when viewing the HTML output, but with some limitations.

One of our major goals during the version 9 development cycle was to make Axure RP faster. Our pursuit of this goal led us to a number of significant performance improvements and UI optimizations, and it also gave us single-key shortcuts.

Each of the last several releases of Axure RP has taken a step forward in facilitating the creation and presentation of mobile designs. Axure RP 7 added the adaptive views feature, which was further refined in version 8. The version 8 cycle also saw a major update to the Axure Share mobile app, which allows for easy presentation and storage of prototypes on a mobile device.

The Axure RP environment has long been the source of internal debate here at the Axure offices. Which controls should be hidden away and which should be at your fingertips? What goes where? Left side or right side? Is the best layout for creating a quick, static wireframe different from the best one for building a rich, interactive prototype?

Axure turned 16 this month, which gave us occasion to reflect a bit. We've had eight major releases of Axure RP during this time, the latest of which—Axure RP 8—has been our most successful product to date. We followed it up with Axure RP 8.1 and a significant update for Axure Share, our prototype-sharing service.

After our Slack and HipChat Axure Share integrations launched last year, more than a few of you got hold of us to request that we consider a similar tie-in for Microsoft Teams. Today, we're happy to announce its debut! Head over to our Microsoft Teams Connector support page for details on how to get it set up.