On Monday, September 11, 2006 Microsoft is hosting an MSDN Webcast for Expression Web called Designing Standards-Based Web Sites with Expression Web. You must have a Windows Live ID, formerly Passport, to register. Registration is free, of course.
Later in the month, on September 29, 2006, there is another MSDN Webcast for Expression Web called Exploring Basic Features of the New Microsoft Expression Web
There are a lot of other MSDN webcasts, many related to web development, can be found in the upcoming webcasts page on MSDN.
This is from May 2006, but remains a good self-guided walk through of the Expression Suite as of the May 2006 CTP.
The virtual lab tour allocates 90 minutes for you to explore the applications over the internet without having to install them locally.
Microsoft has updated the technology preview and made Expression Web Beta 1 available for download. You do have to register for this trial in order to download it, and it is almost 200MB in size. They have also dropped the term 'Designer' from the name.
Before you install Expression Web Beta 1, do read the requirements, especially:
- Install Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 (see below) before installing Expression Web Beta 1.
- Uninstall all Microsoft Office 2007 Beta 1 or Beta 2 programs before installing Expression Web Beta 1. Office 2007 Beta 2 Technical Refresh programs do not need to be removed from your computer.
Microsoft has almost 200 minutes of training video content to help people get started with the Expression line of tools. The training content complements the demos on the Microsoft Expression site.
Update (December 26, 2006): The early video training content has been moved and updated. The newer video tutorials for Expression Web are now found here.
Expression is the evolution of design and development for applications, interfaces, and/or web content.
There are three Expressions:
- Web Designer
- Graphic Designer
- Interactive Designer
There are loosely analogous to Adobe (Macromedia) Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and Flash.
Currently, Expression is available as a free trial in the form of a Community Technology Preview as the suite continues through the beta process. There should be an update to the beta coming soon.