Microsoft Expression Web, code-named Quartz, is a WYSIWYG HTML editor and general web design program by Microsoft. It is part of the Expression Studio suite.
Microsoft Expression Web provides the ability to install add-ins from third-party developers, extending its capabilities.
Microsoft Expression Web
On May 14, 2006, Microsoft released the first Community Technology Preview version of Expression Web. On September 5, 2006, Microsoft released Beta 1. The major change from CTP 1 was that most of the old FrontPage bots, parts, functions and non-standard features were removed. The Release To Manufacturing version was made available on December 4, 2006.
Microsoft Expression Web 2
Microsoft Expression Web 2 was released in 2008.
Expression Web 2 offers native support for PHP and Silverlight.
Microsoft Expression Web 3
Microsoft Expression Web 3 was released in 2009.
Both PC Magazine’s Edward Mendelson and PC Pro’s Tom Arah gave Expression Web 2 four stars. “It largely succeeded by concentrating on providing standards-compliant support for the web’s core markup languages, (X)HTML and CSS,” Arah concluded.
PC Magazine labeled it as a more cost-effective option compared to the main competitor, Adobe Dreamweaver. “Even if money is no object, Expression Web 2 might be your better choice,” Editor Edward Mendelson wrote.
However, PC Magazine criticized a lack of “Secure FTP in its Web-publishing functions” and “the ability to create browser-based (as opposed to server-based) scripting of dynamic pages that works in all browsers, including Safari”. On the other hand, PC Magazine noted that “most designers won’t care about their absence”. Microsoft Expression 3 now supports SFTP and FTPS.
Also noted is the lack of support for root relative links, links that start with a “/” to refer to the root of a web server.