Microsoft Designer Tools: Expression Web

With a professional code editor, rich design surface, visual & CSS diagnostic tools, cross-browser debugging features, and broad Web-standards support, Expression Web makes it faster and easier to create modern standards-based Web sites. Learn more on the Expression Web 4 website.

Expression Web Hero

Why you'll love Expression Web

Expression Web Standards Support

Passionate about Standards

Built-in support for today's modern Web standards makes it easy to optimize your sites for accessibility and cross-browser compatibility. Create CSS-based, XHTML 1.0 Transitional-conforming Web sites that work better across browsers, simplifying deployment and maintenance. Validate your site with compatibility and accessibility reporting against Section 508 and W3C Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).

Expression Web ASP.NET and PHP Visual Programming

Visual Programming

Work Visually. Focus on the design process and let Expression Web take care of CSS style creation, saving you from repetitive work throughout your site. Drag and drop CSS styles, ASP.NET controls and use a drag-and-drop interface that accesses the power of ASP.NET with no coding requirement to visually bind data sources to controls on the design surface.

Expression Web SuperPreview


Debug your pages in multiple browsers on the same machine that you use for development, with SuperPreview. SuperPreview is a visual debugging tool that helps you visualize and understand how pages display on multiple browsers, including IE6 - 8 and Firefox.

Expression Web Sophisticated Design Surface

Sophisticated Design Surface

Generate elegant, modern CSS layouts with a state-of-the-art design surface and the ability to directly manipulate positioning, sizing, margins and padding. With Expression Web’s sophisticated CSS rendering engine, you can make design decisions on the fly and see a faithful representation of the final browser-rendered page.

Expression Web Design Surface

Vector and Bitmaps

Powerful drawing tools in the included copy of Expression Design let you integrate vector artwork and bitmap images in hybrid compositions that you can import in part or in whole into Expression Web.

Expression Rich Media

Integrate Media

Manipulate rich media through powerful drag and drop tools. Work with industry-standard XML data and see how your data will look within your design. Designers get the flexibility to represent XML data any way they choose. Insert Silverlight, Windows Media and Adobe Flash content. Integrate rich media into your sites with simple insert commands that add all the necessary additional files and tags.

Expression Web Importer

YES, Photoshop

Include artwork and designs created in industry standard design tools such as Adobe Photoshop. Expression Web gives you full control over how you layer import. Expression Web will even memorize settings and allow you to import revised artwork exactly the same way.

Expression Web PHP Tools Support


Open and edit PHP pages directly in Expression Web 2 and apply the full range of standards-based design tools to PHP including code-coloring, snippets and IntelliSense™. It also ships with a PHP development server that lets you test your PHP pages without any other external web server dependencies.

Expression Web Built-in ASP.NET and PHP Web Server

Web Server

Preview ASP.NET and PHP pages locally, without the need to install a separate Web server. With the Expression Web Development Server, you can make design decisions with full reference to the page's data. Easily view your pages in your favorite web browser.

Expression Free Trial

Free Trial

The great news is you can download a fully featured 60-day trial version of Expression Web. To download the Expression Web trial visit the Expression Web website.

Everything you need to get started, FREE with a single streamlined installer.