Expression Studio 4 Ultimate (Includes Software Assurance) (English)


Microsoft Expression is a family of tools for designers building web and Windows client applications and rich media content. Expression Studio 4 Ultimate includes four applications: Expression Web 4, Expression Blend 4, Expression Encoder 4 Pro, and Expression Design 4.

Expression Web 4: Expression Web is a web-design application. Beginning users can build web pages visually, without knowing any markup or server code, using the application's task panes and menus. More advanced users can build websites that fully support web standards such as Extensible Hypertext Markup Language (XHTML), cascading style sheets (CSS), Extensible Markup Language (XML), and Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations (XSLT).

The Expression Web SuperPreview online service lets designers see how pages will look in other browsers and operating systems, such as Safari on Mac OS X. The SEO Checker helps designers optimize pages for discovery and indexing by search engines.

Expression Blend 4: Expression Blend is a user interface design tool that lets designers create application interfaces that can be completed by developers with minimal modification. The interface designs can be used either for desktop applications that run on Microsoft's Windows Presentation Foundation or for rich Internet applications that run on Silverlight, Microsoft's cross-platform, cross-browser application framework.

Expression Blend's SketchFlow is a tool that enables designers to create a prototype of the flow and layout of an application. The prototype runs in the SketchFlow Player, which allows others to explore the prototype and add feedback. Expression Blend generates Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML), which can be used directly in Microsoft Visual Studio or exported into other tools and project formats. Code can also be edited directly within Expression Blend: the Intellisense code editor allows designers and developers to work with C# and Visual Basic in addition to XAML.

Expression Encoder 4 Pro: Expression Encoder 4 Pro is a professional-level encoding tool that enhances and encodes video and simplifies publishing it with Silverlight. Expression Encoder can encode a wide array of video file formats, stream live from webcams and camcorders, and capture activity from PC screens. Input formats include AVI, WMV, WMA, MOV, and MPEG. Output formats are VC-1 and H.264, with detailed control over the output characteristics.

Within Expression Encoder, users can perform simple edits such as trimming and cropping. They can add branding overlays to videos, add thumbnail markers at various points to aid viewer navigation, and choose from a variety of player templates for the encoded video. Output video can be protected with Microsoft PlayReady digital rights management.

Expression Design 4: Expression Design is a graphic design tool that can be used to create and edit vector-based graphics, bitmap-based graphics, and hybrid documents including vector and bitmap elements.

Version 4 adds the ability to import Windows Metafile and Enhanced Metafile graphics, such as those created in Visio and Word. Users can now also save various workspaces, which are specific layouts of panels suitable for different kinds of projects.

Acquiring the Installation Media and License Key: Installing this product requires installation media and a license key. Installation media will be shipped to you free of charge.

The license allows you to use the installation media to install the product on as many computers as you have received donations for. This quantity is specified in the donation email sent to your organization email address after your eligibility has been verified and your administrative fee has been received. A separate email will give you information about obtaining your license key. 

Software Assurance: Under the Software Assurance program, you have the right to install any new release of products covered in the agreement during the term of your coverage.  



  • 1-GHz (or higher) processor
  • 1 GB or more RAM
  • 128 MB or more graphics RAM
  • 2 GB available hard-disk space
  • Support for DirectX 9.0 graphics with Windows Vista Display Driver Model (WDDM) driver, Pixel Shader 3.0 in hardware, 32 bits per pixel
  • 1024x768-pixel (or higher) display with 24-bit color
  • DVD drive


  • Windows XP with SP3; Windows Vista; Windows 7; Windows Server 2008
  • .NET Framework 4.0
  • Silverlight 4.0


  • For some features — Firefox 3.0, Internet Explorer 8