Recently, Microsoft released the final 1.0 version of Web Platform Installer (Web PI). The installer is under 60KB. The Microsoft Web Platform Installer is a free tool. It supports several Windows operating systems. With Web PI 1.0 it is simple to download and install the latest components of the Microsoft Web Platform. Altogether, offering three installation options.
Web PI supports 32-bit and 64-bit architectures and offers a single installer. It runs on Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP1, Windows Server 2003 SP2, and Windows Server 2008.
The latest components of the Microsoft Web IP include 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 recognizes and installs Extensions for IIS 7.0 and ASP.NET, service packs, database drivers and other relevant Web platform technologies.
With the user interface of Web Platform Installer you are able to choose to install either specific products or the entire Microsoft Web Platform onto the computer. The Web PI also helps keep the products up-to-date. It always provides the latest additions to the Web Platform. Web PI downloads an XML-based manifest of available products and technologies. It is continually updated in order to assure that each time the tool is run it offers the most current components and the latest versions of each technology. It highlights all newly available or pre-release software.
The final Web PI version offers the three installation options listed below:
• Complete: 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. They support the development and hosting of ASP.NET applications; and
• Custom: allows you to choose exactly which components to install to customize and streamline your Web platform. For instance, you can select 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.
So, try the free Microsoft Web Platform Installer in order to get the latest components of the Microsoft Web Platform everyday!