Microsoft today announced that they are ceasing the development of Expression Suite.
Expression Studio Ultimate included the following programs,
- Expression Web, HTML editor and web design program
- Expression Design, vector graphics editor
- Expression Encoder Pro, Video editing tool for authoring VC-1 and H.264/MPEG-4 AVC contents
- Expression Blend, graphical user interface builder for XAML or HTML applications
- SuperPreview, complementary web design program for testing compatibility and performance
- SketchFlow, complementary user interface tool that facilitate workflow design
Microsoft will no longer develop any of these products and Expression brand will be discontinued. Here is the announcement from Microsoft.
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.
- Blend will continue to ship as a standalone tool with Visual Studio 2012, as part of a consolidated designer/developer offering. 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.
I think its time for Microsoft to buy Adobe for their designer and developer tools. Adobe’s market capital is around $18 billion with $4 billion yearly revenue. I think Adobe will bring more value to Microsoft than Skype did.
Update: Microsoft reached out to us to clarify their statement about Expression Blend’s future. I’ve updated the post above with their statement.