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A Brief History of Microsoft Expression Web

written by: Indu Priya•edited by: Rebecca Scudder•updated: 11/13/2008

Microsoft Expression Web was basically developed for programmers and web developers. This application transformed the web-design platform and enabled a wealth of ideas and creativity in web design.

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    Microsoft Corporation, as a traditional computer application developer has been in the limelight as a highly dependable software and application developer. The company developed the highly regarded Microsoft Expression web application which has immense repute, value and great features for the end user. The inception of this application was based on the intricate and rapid development of the Internet and the subsequent domains craze.

    Creating databases and storing the bulk of data into these databases became almost a craze over the recent past, while forcing a radical shift in the traditional monopoly of web-design business to new easy share interfaces. Microsoft created an application that could help computer programmers and other web experts who were joining the fray of the Internet craze and the web-design wave.

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    Web design and versions

    Due to the intensity of the domain craze, enormous numbers of web portal links required content and other materials to convey the owner’s message and corporate goals. Web design brought this to a new peak. Smart applications to assist in design and layout interfaces of a website become possible. However, user friendly applications to assist in web design were urgently required. Microsoft brought the Microsoft Expression Web application to fill this gap in web design.

    Microsoft Expression Web was initially code named Quartz. The application was seen by experts as the most convenient WYSIWYG(what you see is what you get) HTML editor. With Expression general web design became easy. The debut of Expression Web saw the renowned commonplace web-designer application ‘Front Page’ exit the platform. In 2006, Microsoft released the beta version of the Expression Web application. That was in September 2006. This has been always seen as the first preview of Expression. The complete version was released in December by Microsoft and can be found on their website.

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    The benefits of the application

    Microsoft’s Expression Web application brought a complete change in the web-design platform. It allows a developer or rather a web-designer to have the most exact standards-compliant engines. Experts have rated the Expression Web as effective in providing engine accuracy which global standards rate as most correct. The application also benefits programmers and web designers by offering them share-like facilities through which they can access and implant add-ons on web-pages. This means that a web designer is able to place an ‘add-on’ on a web site from any third party programmer or web-designer.

    These abilities serve the web developer well and are described as the capacities of the Microsoft Expression Web application. This capability also extends to various tools like support and plug-ins which make an appeal to most end-users. Expression Web indeed responds to the context of ‘Missing plug-ins, whereby it offers the user the chance to add these missing plug-ins on his website easily from a third party.

    Versions of Expression have been available since it was developed in 2006. The 2006 version of Expression Web is known as the Build 4518 version 1, which came out on 4 December 2006. Version 2 of Expression Web came out in May 2008. It is dubbed a very high-tech release that will transform the benchmarks of web design.

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    The context of the Microsoft Expression Web application is the most recent innovation that has upped the online technological growth. It has added more abilities to developers, especially in the web design area of the online technology and business sector. The benefits of this application have been celebrated and also credited as very vital. The Expression Web application could end up being a must to any web developer or web-designer, based on its rapid growth as a vital application.

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    Additional Reading

    Bright Hub's Windows channel has a large selection of articles on Microsoft Expression Web. For information on free Microsoft Expression Web templates, read this article.