Microsoft has discontinued the Expression product family (Expression Design and Expression Web including Expression Studio).
The entire suite, is being phased out, though customers will receive mainstream support until 2015. With extended support "officially" ends in 2020.
Both, the Expression Design 4 and Expression Web 4 begin phased are now available for free download and "is no longer available for sale nor will there be any new versions developed by Microsoft." Expression Encoder will continue to live on for now, "but no new development will be made to the product."
Microsoft hasn't made any official statement, but the product's site notifies these changes stating, "Microsoft is consolidating lead design and development offerings -- Expression and Visual Studio -- to offer customers a unified solution that brings together the best of Web and modern development patterns."
In short, Micorosoft is incorporating features of Expression products into the Visual Studio 2012.
Below is the timeline how Microsoft is phasing out Expression products, according to Expression website:
- "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," Microsoft wrote on the site.