When I joined Microsoft, I was a Visual Studio user having spent my career developing, designing, and crafting software. I could build a Windows forms application very quickly – and it had a beautiful gray background with buttons arranged in a boring grid layout. Then, as I started working with Microsoft Expression Blend and Expression Design, my world opened up; I realized that the grid world of interaction design was no longer necessary. Microsoft had finally created some tools that got me using the design skills I learned in architecture school to craft beauty using Expression Blend: and my Twitter background using Expression Design and start encoding videos with Expression Encoder
All of this is possible because of the Expression Studio suite of applications: Expression Design, Expression Blend, Expression Web, Expression Media, and Expression Encoder.