Microsoft discontinues Expression Blend suite of products – rolls Blend into Visual Studio 2012

// December 22nd, 2012 // Programming

Microsoft Expression Blend logoWith professional developers using hardcore design tool such as Visual Studio and web page designers shifting to CMS solutions such as WordPress, the demand for Expression ha been ever-fading away.  As such, Microsoft has announced that it is phasing out its Expression design tool suite (or are they planning on purchasing another design tool suite to replace it?). Expression Design and Expression Web are being dropped entirely and are now being offered as a free download while Expression Blend, used for WPF, Silverlight, and SketchFlow development, has been updated from version 4 to version 5 and will be rolled into the Visual Studio product line.  Visual Studio developers can currently download Expression Blend free as a “preview” (which expires in July 2013) and expect the product to be consolidated into Visual Studio in the upcoming Visual Studio 2012 Update 2.

Microsoft stated on their Expression Blend page:

“The proliferation of rich interactive web applications across the cloud and mobile devices continues to create new opportunities for creative design and development. As these technologies evolve, Microsoft is committed to providing best-in-class tools for building modern applications. In support of these 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.”

Sources: Microsoft

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