Expression Web 2 BETA

Expression Studio 2 BETA program icons

Building on the successful launch of Microsoft Expression Web and after listening closely to your feedback, we are excited to announce the release of Microsoft Expression Web 2 Beta. This Beta release expands your toolset beyond HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, by putting PHP, Silverlight, and ASP.NET AJAX within your reach.

Stacked with new features, Expression Web 2 provides essential tools to design standards-based websites. Web professionals can now author websites on the PHP platform more efficiently with features such as PHP syntax highlighting and statement completion (IntelliSense). Additionally for PHP, we provide an elegant solution that current Expression Web users rave about for previewing ASP.NET pages: Expression Web 2 lets you preview PHP pages locally without a separate development web server! Expression Web 2 supports interactive web content such as Silverlight and Flash, enabling you to easily include this content in your sites. Improved workflow enables you to import Adobe Photoshop designs into your sites with layer visibility control, and reimport changes with layer settings retained. New and enhanced productivity features boost your performance!

Please install the Expression Web 2 Beta, and let us know what you think!

Note: You can safely install the BETA of Expression Web 2 on a computer that also has Expression Web 1 on it. If you participated in a private preview program for Expression Web 2, you should uninstall the private preview version of Expression Web 2 before you install the BETA version.

To download and install the Expression Web 2 Beta, click here.

To submit suggestions and bugs, click here.

To discuss the Beta with others, go to the NEW discussion forums here.

To download other Expression BETA 2 programs, click here.

Comments (11)

  1. BLOG C: says:

    Hoy es el gran día de las betas, jeje. Despues de lanzar las betas de Internet Explorer 8 , Silverlight

  2. 드디어 마이크로소프트의 여러가지 다양한 소식과 기술들을 전달하는 장으로써 큰 행사중 하나인 MIX08이 시작되고, 키노트가 진행되었습니다. MIX08의 가장 큰 화두 두가지는 단연

  3. 드디어 마이크로소프트의 여러가지 다양한 소식과 기술들을 전달하는 장으로써 큰 행사중 하나인 MIX08이 시작되고, 키노트가 진행되었습니다. MIX08의 가장 큰 화두 두가지는 단연

  4. anony.muos says:

    Hey I just want to thank you for supporting PHP in v2. One thing I wish to request is please ship the final v2 with Office 2007 SP1 applied. Currently, the Feb 2008 beta ships with pre SP1 Office 2007 components.

    Hopefully, in the future, MS will also support SVG, ColdFusion, XForms, XHTML 1.1/2.0, CSS3 and all the other W3C standands ( Thank you once again.

    And hopefully, it’ll add a Ribbon UI too like Office 2007.

  5. Email says:

    Thank you for adding PHP support!

    I was very pleased to see the float bug fixed: no longer needed to edit in code view any element containing another floating element!

    I am not too sold on the new "look and feel" of the app though; it is minor, but hopefully temporary for the beta.

    And thanks for fixing the BOM problem too!

    Keep up the great work, I look forward to the next iteration…

  6. Expression Web Team says:

    Glad to hear you like the new PHP support and new BOM options!  As for the "look and feel" issue, you can go to Tools > Application Options, and on the General tab, select the option to use your Windows Color Scheme instead.

    Please submit any bug reports or suggestions to

    Thank you!


  7. JavaScript Tutorial says:

    Thank you Anna 🙂 I like the Windows Color theme a lot!

    I will use… to report bugs or make suggestion

  8. JavaScript Tutorial says:

    (The above reply came from the wrong login apparently, I used a different browser 🙂

  9. apwestgarth says:

    I have installed the Expression Web 2 Beta 1 and I have to say I am amazed after all the hard work MS is doing to try and integrate the flow of work between Designer and Developer, that the Expression products (particularly WEB) still have no support for Source Control – VSS or TFS.  Is this likely to be in a future BETA or is MS going to wait until version 3.0.  If you’re gonna wait until v3 I’m amazed at the short sightedness as in it’s current state organisations will not move over from DW etc for their designers.

    Come on guys!

  10. Paul Garratt says:

    Are there any plans for an Expressions Web 3?  Is there a planned content for this?

    Is it going to include the ability to add custom controls to the toolbox?

  11. Garry Trinder says:

    Hi Paul,

    Yes, Version 3 of Expression Web is in development. Keep an eye on this blog and also the product site at for the latest news. When there’s information we can share, these will be the first places with that information. Also, keep an eye on for recordings of sessions from the 2009 conference which occurs next week…there may be some sneak peaks.


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