Posted by: kurtsh | December 20, 2012

NEWS: Microsoft Expression changes in direction (Releases products as FREE downloads)

imageMicrosoft will no longer be developing products under the Expression brand.  Microsoft has the following products under the Expression Suite:

  • Expression Web, HTML editor and web design program
  • Expression Design, vector graphics editor
  • Expression Encoder Pro, Video editing tool for authoring VC-1 and H.264/MPEG-4 AVC contents
  • Expression Blend, graphical user interface builder for XAML or HTML applications
  • SuperPreview, complementary web design program for testing compatibility and performance
  • SketchFlow, complementary user interface tool that facilitate workflow design

Plans for much of the technology includes rolling it into our primary development suite, Visual Studio.  Here is the announcement from the Expression web page:

Microsoft Expression Changes

The proliferation of rich interactive web applications across the cloud and mobile devices continues to create new opportunities for creative design and development. As these technologies evolve, Microsoft is committed to providing best-in-class tools for building modern applications. In support of these industry trends Microsoft is consolidating our lead design offering — Expression and Visual Studio — to offer all of our customers a unified solution that brings together the best of Web and modern development patterns.

  • Blend will be fully integrated with Visual Studio 2012. Blend for Visual Studio 2012 provides a rich design-centric environment for building Windows Store apps and Windows Phone apps. In addition to that, WPF, Silverlight and SketchFlow support is available today as a preview and will be released in Visual Studio 2012 Update 2.
  • Expression Studio 4 Ultimate and Expression Studio 4 Web Professional are no longer available for sale. For customers who previously purchased these products, all components within Ultimate and Web Professional will be supported through their support lifecycle.
  • Expression Design 4 and Expression Web 4 are now available for download at no charge. Technical support will not be available for these free versions.
  • Expression Encoder 4 Pro will be available for purchase through 2013. Expression Encoder 4 remains available for download at no charge.

NEWS: Microsoft Expression Changes

DOWNLOAD:  Microsoft Expression … “now available for free” products


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