This is a significant announcement and a much needed product to smoothen integrated deployment of various Web components and tools. Check out http://www.microsoft.com/web for more details.
What is it?
The Microsoft Web Platform Installer is a free tool that makes it simple to download and install the latest components of the Microsoft Web Platform, including Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0 and 7.0, SQL Server 2008 Express, .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 and Visual Web Developer 2008 Express SP1. The Web Platform Installer offers a single installer to help you obtain the software you need to build and run a complete Web solution on the Microsoft Web platform, whether you are using Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, or Windows Server 2008. In addition, the Web Platform Installer checks online to ensure the most current versions and new additions to the Microsoft Web Platform are downloaded.
Why is this Microsoft Web Platform Important?
This is part of Microsoft’s larger “NextWeb” effort to drive Windows Server share versus Linux, as well as build on our open source and interoperability strategies around our Web Platform products and technologies. Moreover, for our developers, customers, and potential customers, the Microsoft Web Platform Installer is the easiest way to download, install and run the Microsoft Platform – and, with the Microsoft Web Application Installer (WebAI), we are including several .NET and Open Source applications for development on top of the platform itself. These include Drupal, WordPress, OSCommerce, DotNetNuke, Graffiti, PHPBB, and Gallery. In the future, we will be expanding this application gallery to include more community applications as well. We are not publicly releasing a date for this application gallery at this time.
What is the Microsoft Web Platform?
The Microsoft Web Platform is a powerful set of tools, servers and technologies (including PHP and .NET Open Source Applications) optimized for building and hosting next generation Web applications. In addition, it’s free.
What is the Microsoft Web Platform Installer? (WebPI):
The Web Platform Installer (Web PI) is a simple tool that installs Microsoft's entire Web Platform, including IIS7, Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition, SQL Server 2008 Express Edition and the .NET Framework. Using the Web Platform Installer’s user interface, you can choose to install either specific products or the entire Microsoft Web Platform onto your computer. The Web PI also helps keep your products up to date by always offering the latest additions to the Web Platform.
What is the Microsoft Web Application Installer? (WebAI):
The Web Application Installer Beta helps you get up and running with the most widely used Web Applications freely available for your Windows Server. Web AI provides support for popular ASP.Net and PHP Web applications including Graffiti, DotNetNuke, WordPress, Drupal, OSCommerce and more. With just a few simple clicks, Web AI will check your machine for the necessary pre-requisites, download these applications from their source location in the community, walk you through basic configuration items and then install them on your computer.
Microsoft Web Platform Installer Benefits
- Obtain components of the Microsoft Web Platform quickly and easily
The Microsoft Web Platform Installer provides a single installer that runs on Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Server 2003 SP2, and Windows Server 2008, to download the Microsoft Web Platform, including IIS 6.0 and 7.0, SQL Server 2008 Express, .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 and Visual Web Developer 2008 Express SP1. The installer also identifies and installs Extensions for IIS 7.0 and ASP.NET, service packs, database drivers and other relevant Web platform technologies.
- Choose which components to install to set up a complete or custom Web platform
The Web Platform Installer offers three installation options:
Complete, which installs all available server and development products, Web server components, Web server extensions, and additional technologies;
ASP.NET Developer, which installs the server components, tools and technologies that support the development and hosting of ASP.NET applications; and
Custom, which enables you to choose exactly which components to install to customize and streamline your Web platform. For example, you can choose specific components to support developing and hosting PHP applications on IIS 7.0, with support for data-driven applications through the SQL Server driver for PHP.
- Install the latest versions of Microsoft Web Platform products, components and tools.
The Web Platform Installer downloads an XML-based manifest of available products and technologies, which Microsoft updates continually to ensure that each time you run the tool, it will offer the most current components and the latest versions of each technology, including service packs and other software updates. In addition, the Web Platform Installer will highlight newly available or pre-release software.
Single installer for all Microsoft Web Platform components including:
- Internet Information Services (IIS) 5.1 on Windows XP SP3
- IIS 6.0 on Windows Server 2003 SP2
- IIS 7.0 on Windows Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008
- SQL Server 2008 Express
- .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
- Visual Web Developer 2008 Express SP1
- ASP.NET, Complete and Custom installation options
- XML-based product manifest updated automatically when tool is run