Web Platform Installer

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I’ve used the term “drinking from the fire hose” when describing my first days at Microsoft. However, I believe that a lot of our customers feel this way when approaching the plethora of options for web application development on the Microsoft stack.

This is feedback we’ve received from many sources and as Scott Hanselman pointed out, there’s a concerted effort to make things easier to find and understand here. Much of these efforts will take time to see fruition, but some of them are happening now.

The new Microsoft Web Platform Installer Beta can get you up and running developing on ASP.NET in two easy clicks.

First, you select an option from the first screen. Obviously, if you choose the Your Choice option, it’ll take more than two clicks.


I chose the ASP.NET Developer option and clicked Next.


The second screen lets you choose to accept the licensing terms. This is nice in that you don’t have to go and click through 20 different EULAs.


Once you click I Accept the installer begins.

If you want more control, you can choose Your Choiceat the first screen which takes you to a screen that lets you choose all sorts of options.


This is a great tool for someone who wants to quickly get started learning and developing on ASP.NET. You’ll notice that it doesn’t include ASP.NET MVC yet. Don’t worry, it will once we have a proper beta release.

If you run into any problems with it, be sure to report it on their forums. For more information, be sure to read the announcement on Bill Staple’s blog.

In case you missed my first link to the beta for the installer, it’s here.

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8 responses

  1. Avatar for GaryA
    GaryA October 14th, 2008

    Unfortunately it only supports Vista / Windows 2008. So not much use to many companies that are still on XP / 2003.

  2. Avatar for joe
    joe October 14th, 2008

    Congratulations. You guys have rotated the tradition 3 radio button "All", "Recommended" and "Custom" options onto a horizontal axis. Who says innovation is dead at Microsoft?

  3. Avatar for Ambrose
    Ambrose October 14th, 2008

    There should be an "I don't know; you tell me." option. Seems the most likely choice for anyone who, well, doesn't already know what they need (i.e., "Your Choice"). :)

  4. Avatar for haacked
    haacked October 14th, 2008

    @Ambrose, that's pretty much the second option, "ASP.NET Developer".

  5. Avatar for Filini
    Filini October 14th, 2008

    When I first read this info on Scott Hanselman's blog, I had GaryA's same thought. There's a lot of developers using Windows XP/2003 around, and this kind of tools should definitely support them.

  6. Avatar for haacked
    haacked October 14th, 2008

    @Filini make sure to comment on that in their forums. I'll also mention that internally.

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    haacked October 14th, 2008

    UPDATE: I talked to the team and they are actively looking into the Windows XP/2003 issue.

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    asp.net October 16th, 2008

    Oh yeah, it's great news. Server setup will be fast and easy :)