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Microsoft Expression Web 2.0 Beta

Beta Available

11:29 am on Mar 6, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Hi everyone,

The BETA version of Expression Web 2 is now available! Here's the official

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!

To download and install the Expression Web 2 Beta, go to:

To submit suggestions and bugs, go to:

To discuss the Beta with others, try the NEW discussion forum here:


5:37 am on Mar 7, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I like this feature:

Byte order mark options
When you're designing documents encoded as Unicode UTF-8, a byte order mark (BOM) is typically a good thing to have embedded in your documents. But if you're working with PHP pages, or use a server or other tools that do not support a BOM, an embedded BOM can cause unwanted characters to appear in your document, or can create other issues. Expression Web 2 lets you add or remove a BOM in existing documents, and control whether a BOM is added to new documents.

That's been an issue I've seen here a number of times. This will make lives easier for people who work with multilingual websites.

4:48 pm on Mar 8, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Just downloaded (194mb) and installed it. Note it requires that net3.5 (197mb) is installed first.

There doesn't appear to be any major new features. PHP support and sorting the BOM issue is welcome.

However EW2 still can't render relatively simple CSS layouts. See my earlier post: [webmasterworld.com...] which is a real shame, as EW is otherwise a very nice tool.

3:13 pm on Mar 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Now I can finally say this since it is release - what about ASP includes? You don't see those mentioned, eh?