Microsoft is consolidating their two design and development products—Expression and Visual Studio to “offer all of [their] customers a unified solution that brings together the best of Web and modern development patterns.” Here are the changes in a nutshell:
- Expression Design 4 and Expression Web 4 are now available for download for free.
- Blend will ship as a standalone tool with Visual Studio.
- Expression Studio 4 Ultimate and Expression Studio 4 Web Professional will no longer be available for sale.
- If you purchased a copy of Expression Studio or Web, they will be supported to the end of the product lifecycle (contact Microsoft for more information). Free versions of the software will not receive technical support.
- There is no difference between the free and paid versions of the software other than the support options.
As I mentioned in the first bullet point, Expression Web and Expression Design will be available for free. download Expression Web 4 download Expression Design 4. You can also try out Visual Studio.