Microsoft to kill the Expression brand of software

Microsoft will shut down the Expression brand of commercial software that was used to develop websites, & applications. This includes Expression Studio, Expression Studio Ultimate, Expression Studio Web, Expression Design, Expression Design Web, Expression Encoder, Expression Blend, etc.

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Microsoft will extend mainstream support for these products till 2015 and Extended Support till 2020.

Microsoft is committed to providing best-in-class tools for building modern applications. In support of the industry trends Microsoft is consolidating our lead design and development offerings — Expression and Visual Studio — to offer all of our customers a unified solution that brings together the best of Web and modern development patterns, says Microsoft.

Expression Encoder 4 Pro will be available for purchase through 2013. Expression Encoder 4, Expression Design 4 and Expression Web 4 are now available as a free download. Expression Studio 4 Ultimate and Expression Studio 4 Web Professional are no longer available for sale. Blend will be fully integrated with Visual Studio 2012.

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