Say hello to the Microsoft Web Platform

Today at MIX 2009, we announced the release and availability of the new Windows Web Application Gallery and the Web Platform Installer (WebPI) 2.0 Beta

The Windows Web Application Gallery

The Windows Web Application Gallery (Gallery) provides a streamlined way for users to explore, discover, install and deploy popular Web applications WebPI (2)on the Microsoft Web Platform. The Gallery is a community hub of free and popular .NET and PHP applications, some of which may be Open Source, for you to use as building blocks for creating dynamic Web solutions. Our goal here is to accelerate the speed of developing Web solutions for your business – as well as provide all the guidance, building blocks, and products you’ll need to be successful. We will not be storing snapshots of code on Microsoft servers, instead, we point to community servers for the packages which is maintained and supported as part of the community app package. All applications in the Gallery live in an XML feed that is consumed by Web Platform Installer, participating control panel vendors, and any site that wants to integrate with the feed. If you have a free Web application you’d like to add to the Windows Web App Gallery – you can do so – and we’ll market & distribute these apps – your apps – to millions of Windows developers worldwide. Read about the process and documentation for submitting an application to be included in the Windows Web Application Gallery.


The Web Platform Installer (WebPI) 2.0 Beta

The Web Platform Installer (WebPI) 2.0 Beta is a simplified download and install experience for all of Microsoft’s free Web products. With this release you can install and configure community ASP.NET and PHP applications that have been made available through the Windows Web Application Gallery. It includes everything that you need to get up and running to build your Web solutions – from servers, tools, and technologies to the most recently updated products. Also new with this release of the WebPI 2.0 Beta is the ability to install free community applications available in the new Windows Web Application Gallery. The Microsoft Web Platform Installer 2.0 Beta will even install required dependencies for applications, such as community PHP 5.2.9-1. The WebPI can discover and install the latest IIS Extensions to keep your IIS Web Server features up to date. The WebPI Includes:

  • 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 Edition
  • IIS Extensions including:
    • IIS 7 Media Services 3.0
    • IIS7 Administration Pack
    • Database Manager for IIS7
    • WebDav 7.5
    • FTP 7.5
    • FastCGI for PHP support on IIS6
    • URL Rewriter
    • IIS 7 Application Routing
    • Web Deployment Tool for IIS
  • ASP.NET and features such as ASP.NET MVC
  • Silverlight Tools for Visual Studio
  • The Community Version of PHP v5.2.9

The Microsoft Web Platform will run on Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008. The WebPI itself requires .NET 2.0 to be installed. With the WebPI, you will no longer be asked to go to several different Web sites to get your products – you can do this all through one integrated experience all on one Web site:

Congratulations to Lauren Cooney and Mark Brown for some great work on the WebPI and the Gallery!


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