Visual Studio Community 2015 vs. Expression Web 4

Both VS Community 2015 and EW4 are free.

Which one would you recommend for development of a web site? Here are two options I am considering:

1. An HTML5/CSS3 large web site without ASP.NET;  obviously, EW4 will do; but what would one miss or gain by using VS Community 2015 instead of EW4 in this case? Are the previewing and publishing features as strong or better in VS?

2. A large site with a small integrated ASP.NET web app (4-5 aspx pages). Which of those tools does a better job?

By "large site" I mean a large number (hundreds or thousands) of static HTML pages that would take typing, images, formatting, spell checking.

VS Community 2015 is new, EW4 is 4 years old. Is VS a better choice in terms of built-in standards for HTML5 and CSS3?  But it's not explicitly a web development tool (or an HTML page editor) and I suspect it lacks some of the advanced options in previewing and publishing (those are important to me).

Your experience with these tools would be a great help!
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Expression Web 4 appears to be no longer supported.  More info here:
campinamAuthor Commented:
I know that.
But if it works, it works, even if it is not supported.
That's what matters to me.
campinamAuthor Commented:
no one?...
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
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Scott McDaniel (Microsoft Access MVP - EE MVE )Infotrakker SoftwareCommented:
I use EW to work with some HTML files for specific tasks, but I've found it to be troublesome on my machine (stops responding, veeeery slow, etc). It seems to have all the things needed for building websites, but it's lacking many of the features of VS - more like FrontPage+ than anything else.

VS is the way to go with any of the projects you list, especially if you're going to be using ASP.NET. You can configure VS to be much more web-specific, and there are plenty of plugins you can get for VS that move it much closer to a web-specific platform. I'm not sure if the Community Edition of VS supports plugins, however.

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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
Expression Web 4 had its time in the sun, I have it but I rarely use it or other parts of the expression family but use VS and WebMatrix instead.  VS is huge and requires more time to load an EW4 and WebMatrix are small and fine for touch ups. EW4 is long in the tooth and doesn't support html5 very well.
campinamAuthor Commented:
In the meantime I also found some info on this at:

look for comment by Peter, really worth it
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