Expression Web 4 is now a free download from Microsoft - the good news and the bad news
On December 20, 2012, Microsoft announced that Microsoft Expression Web 4 was no longer available for purchase - it is now available as a free download.
What's the good news?
The free version is the SP2a version, which includes 3 previously undocumented fixes:
- Nested object tags are now supported
- Editing with external tools is supported (e.g., edit in Notepad)
and files are saved to the website folder rather than the temp folder
- You can now see editable regions outlined with an orange
border in Design View which did not work on Expression Web 4 SP2.
The other good news is that you can now run Expression Web 4
on as many PCs as you need.
What's the bad news?
This free version of Expression Web is not eligible for
Microsoft technical support. If you have issues with the free version, your
only option is to turn to the Microsoft Expression Web forum for help from other
users. Customers who previously
purchased Expression Web will receive support through the established support
There will be no further development resources invested in
Expression Web by Microsoft. This means that any bugs previously reported by
users in the forums, Microsoft Connect and/or UserVoice will not be fixed. This also means that as new technologies are developed
for the Web, Expression Web will not be enhanced to support those technologies.
You should be able to download and use Expression Web 4 for
quite a while - just because Microsoft is no longer selling it nor supporting
it doesn't mean it will mysteriously stop working.
Microsoft is encouraging its customers to take a look at Microsoft
Visual Studio Express 2012 for Web - a "free and robust development
environment for building, testing, and deploying web applications across the
Microsoft Web Platform. After installation, you can try this product for up to
30 days. You must register to obtain a free product key for ongoing use after