It is a big day for the Expression people at Microsoft. Today, as announced in this press release, Microsoft Expression Web has been released. A free trial of Expression Web is available for download through the revamped Expression site. Can a software application look good on paper?
New Era, New Tool
Reduce complexity and ease data integration by using powerful design tools and task panes to quickly incorporate XML data. Seamlessly integrate Web design and development teams with Expression Web and Visual Studio’s superior support for XML, ASP.NET and XHTML.
Beautiful Inside and Out
Unleash your creative ideas and bring your Web sites to life with sophisticated CSS design features. Visual designers, specialized task panes, and tool bars give you precise control of page layout and formatting.
Passionate about Standards
Build dynamic, interactive pages that harness the power of the Web to deliver superior quality. Built-in support for today’s modern Web standards makes it easy to optimize your sites for accessibility and cross-browser compatibility
Amazon.com currently shows Expression Web at $299 less 10% with a sell price of $269.10. There is also an upgrade version of Expression Web which is valid from any version of Front Page. The upgrade version sells for $99.95 less 10% at Amazon.com for a sell price of $89.96.
I was able to find a new box of Front Page 2002 at amazon.com for $129.00. Putting 2 and 2 together, you could get Front Page 2002 and Expression Web upgrade version for $129 + 89.96 = $218.96. That is more than $50 off the full version sell price. You could probably do better than my 2 minute effort.