expression web

the life and death of an HTML editor

Microsoft Expression Web, initially code-named Quartz, is a WYSIWYG-HTML editing program for general website design and development created by Microsoft.

Expression Web replaced Microsoft FrontPage, but still offers some internal support for FrontPage users. Expression Web is part of the Expression Studio suite, but can be and is often purchased by itself.

Expression Web allows authoring of web pages integrating XML, CSS, ASP.NET, XHTML, PHP, Java Script (JSP) and Dynamic Web Templates (DWT) into sites. Sites built with Expression Web can run on Linux or Windows servers. The second version, Expression Web 2, has full native support for PHP and Silverlight. Editing classic ASP is supported but not on the same page with ASP.NET and there is no classic ASP IntelliSense support. Expression Web uses its own standards-based rendering engine, different from Internet Explorer's Trident engine.

Microsoft Expression Web provides the ability to install add-ins from third-party developers, extending the capabilities of Expression Web, but the range of add-ons is limited.

The first version of Expression Web was released on December 22, 2006.

The price of Expression Web, especially earlier versions, is insanely volatile, and the most current version is now available for free!

In December 2012, Microsoft quietly announced it was pulling the plug on Expression Web and would no longer support further development of it. As a result, Microsoft decided to give it away for free and is putting all future development into Visual Studio, which, in our view, has much steeper learning curve.

The main competitor to Expression Web is Adobe's Dreamweaver CS6, which retails for nearly $400. You might want to consider getting a copy any way as Adobe is moving all its software to "the cloud" and you will no longer be able to own a permanent individual license, but rather you will be forced to pay a monthly subscription forever!  

Despite Microsoft's abandonment of Expression Web, the program will remain a viable HTML editing program for the foreseeable future, so it is still worth owning and learning Expression Web. 

adapted from: wikipedia