Microsoft Expression Studio Ultimate 4 was discontinued by Microsoft in December 2012 (Don't worry, Expression is supported to 2020)
See our conversion from FrontPage to Microsoft Expression Help page - We can help you convert your FrontPage site to Expression. Please register on our contact page
Expression Web 4 SP2 is available. Microsoft Expression Ultimate 4 contains Expression Video Encoder 4 and Encoder Screen Capture. Encoder 4 SP1 must be downloaded separately from Microsoft HERE
Expression Web 3 was worthy of our use. Expression Web 4 is better and more stable we trust it
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Our upgrade to Expression Studio 4 was free from Expression Studio 3 as Microsoft sites stated. We uninstalled Blend 4 Release Candidate before we upgraded to Studio 4 but other than that, there were no installation issues for us
Expression Web 4 does work and it is ready for prime time, at least for things that we need it to do.
Microsoft discontinued Microsoft FrontPage in 2003 because it could not compete with web page editors that conformed to industry standards - - FrontPage used proprietary Microsoft technology that the industry did not adopt and rejected- Front Page was split into Microsoft SharePoint Designer (which requires the proprietary SharePoint server product) and Microsoft Expression Web which is an industry standard page / site editor
Microsoft Expression Studio was created to compete with Adobe's ever increasing web presence: Expression Studio includes: Microsoft Expression Web, Microsoft Expression Blend, Microsoft Expression Design, and Microsoft Expression Encoder. (An earlier version included an asset indexer for media, videos, photos and so on called Microsoft Expression Media - it has been discontinued
Things we DO NOT like about Microsoft Expression Studio 4 / Expression Web / Expression Blend 4 / the Microsoft Expression Offering
Expression Blend works with the Microsoft Deep Zoom Composer utility tool that can create interactive zooming of photos. We created a quick deep zoom of a car show and then edited the output in Expression Blend 4. The Expression Blend 4 output was incorporated in our web sites using Expression Web 4
You can see Deep Zoom examples on the Lucia Tristao Design Headband Zoom Catalog page and on the Bean and Bacon Days 2011 Car Show page. To see the full power of the zoom try using the full screen controls.
Expression Web 4 seems to fill our needs and we are learning to trust it.
Expression Blend 4 has great potential and we find it stable and productive for the limited things we've done in Blend 4
Expression Encoder and Expression Encoder Screen Capture are welcome additions to Microsoft Expression Studio Ultimate. You can see videos produced with the product at Small Town Webs under EW Videos
Expression Blend 3 was a train wreck in our opinion. Version 4 is worthy of at least trying.
Microsoft has again given up a portion of the Web Authoring Tools market used by Mom and Pops and the less experienced web developer; first FrontPage and now Expression Web. The Expression product never reached market penetration so it has been cancelled. Expression Blend achieved even less of a market share.
Microsoft now recommends that we purchase Visual Studio Pro 2012 (which includes Blend 5) at $500, with no upgrade price available for Microsoft Expression Web users. A 30 day trial is available, with 60 days extended if you register.
A totally FREE Web Authoring Tool, Microsoft's Visual Studio Express for Web 2012 is available for download. VS Express for Web 2012 is capable, similar to VS Pro. Express may fit your needs (Blend 5 is not included in VS Express) but there is (another) learning curve.
Both Visual Studio Pro 2012 and VS Express for Web 2012 are focused on the Professional Web Developer and they are probably over the head of most casual users.
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- Expression Web does the job for us .
Expression Blend is a most compelling opportunity to move from Adobe.
- Transition from Front Page to Expression Web and Expression Studio is an encumbered task
- Get excited about Expression Blend's potential
- Sketch Flow is a terrific prototyping component