The Microsoft Web Platform Installer has evolved this week from version 1.0 to 2.0. In fact, as MIX09 debuted, the Redmond company made available for download the Beta development milestone of Web Platform Installer 2.0. Web Platform Installer 2.0 Beta is only supported on Windows Vista RTM and SP1, Windows XP SP2 and SP3, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008. However, the bits also manage to integrate with the next iteration of the Windows operating system, Windows 7. With version 2.0 the software giant aims to take the already simplified download and install process of its collection of web solutions a step further.
“It includes everything that you need to get up and running to build your web solutions – from servers, tools, and technologies, including the most recently updated products. This means you don’t have to go to a different website and download to set up your dev machines or servers! With the WebPI, you can install the entire stack all from one website – www.microsoft.com/web and one installer. Additionally, the WebPI installs the community version of PHP 5.2.9-1 so you have easy integration with popular web applications. All you need is a Windows machine or hosted version of Windows,” revealed Mark Brown, Microsoft senior product manager.
Essentially, the Web Platform installer 2.0 makes sure that a variety of Microsoft, as well as third-party software, can be deployed from a single install designed to centralize otherwise disparate components. The WebPI brings to the table such solutions as .NET Framework, IIS and Extensions, SQL Server 2008 Express, Visual Web Developer Express, and even DotNetNuke and WordPress.
“What’s in the Web Platform Installer 2.0 Beta? IIS 5.1, 6.0 or 7.0 depending on your version of Windows; .NET Framework 3.5 SP1; Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition; IIS Extensions including: Media Services 3.0, Admin Pack, DB Manager, WebDav 7.5, FTP 7.5, FastCGI for PHP support, URL Rewriter, Application Routing, Web Deployment Tool; ASP.NET and features such as ASP.NET MVC; Silverlight Tools for Visual Studio and the Community Version of PHP v5.2.9-1,” Brown added.
Web Platform Installer 2.0 Beta is available for download here.