Microsoft retires Expression
Microsoft Expression was a collection of tools that enabled you to design interactive web applications. The collection consisted of Expression Blend, an interface design tool for creating graphical user interfaces for both web and desktop applications, the HTML editor and web design software Expression Web, the video editing software Expression Encoder and Expression Design, a graphic design tool.
Microsoft revealed today that it will retire Expression as a standalone product line. While that does not mean that the tools won't be available anymore, it does have consequences which I would like to discuss below. You are probably wondering why the company made the decision to retire Microsoft Expression. The homepage of the product highlights Microsoft's drive to provide its customer base with a unified solution. That unified solution will be Visual Studio, and that is where part of the Expression technology will be integrated into.
The following changes will be made:
- Expression Blend will be fully integrated into Visual Studio 2012 and - likely but yet unannounced - future versions of Visual Studio. Blend for Visual Studio 2012 will provide designers and programmers with tools to create Windows apps and Windows Phone apps. Silverlight, WPF and SketchFlow support has been added in addition to that as a preview to Visual Studio 2012. The technologies will be integrated into the program with Update 2.
- Expression Studio 4 Ultimate and Web Professional are not for sale anymore. Customers who purchased the products will receive support through the product lifecycle.
- Expression Design 4 and Expression Web 4 are now available as a free download from Microsoft. Support is not available for these products and it no new versions will be developed and released by Microsoft. Customers who bought the product will receive support through the product's lifecycle.
- Expression Encoded 4 Pro will remain available through 2013, and Expression Encoder 4 remains available as a free download.
- Expression Web 4. Mainstream support ends 9/8/2015, Extended Support ends 9/8/2020
- Expression Encoder 4: Mainstream support ends 9/8/2015, Extended Support ends 9/8/2020
- Expression Design: Mainstream support ends 1/13/2015, Extended Support ends 1/13/2020
You can read more about the announcement here. Are you affected by the change? If so, what is your take on it?Advertisement