I purchased Frontpage 2003 for my father as he wanted a simple web design programme, and this is exactly what we received. Much hyped and meant to be far superior than Frontpage 2002, we thought Frontpage 2003 would be at least a little superior to the cheap programmes you can pick up for £30 or so. How wrong were we!
Frontpage is fine if all you want to do is design and publish a very basic site. It is quite conservative and does not allow for import from most other programmes (apart from industry standards such as Flash).
It's templates are rather stale and rather boring and simple, all right for the late 1990's - you expect more nowadays. It's WYSIWYG approach is good for a beginner, but even a beginner will get frustrated after a while with it's lack of flexibility. WYSIWYG as long as it fits in with the way Frontpage likes things, otherwise you will need to be an experienced web designer (in which case you wouldn't be using this package).
However, for the Microsoft Office and Word user, this will provide a familiar environment within which to work. The new improved features are also much lauded but have been industry basics elsewhere for a long long time. The customer support from Microsoft is excellent, and they will help you work through problems, though you will be holding on for hours and hours to get through on the telephone. Also, be aware, not everyone supports Frontpage 2003 - even Yahoo Webhosting will only support Frontpage 2002 and earlier versions.
This was good for my Dad, who just wanted to put a few family pics up online, but for that purpose, it was rather expensive. I would suggest that if you are considering purchasing this, please first try it out - there is a trial version on the microsoft site, after which, if you are happy, you can come back to Amazon to buy it. But if you do this, please also consider trying out the trial versions of other software available, especially from Macromedia.