The Microsoft® Web Platform Installer (Web PI) makes it easy for you to download, install, and keep up to date on the latest software components of the Microsoft® Web Platform for development and application hosting on the Windows® operating system. Web PI does the work of comparing the newest available components across the Microsoft Web Platform against what is already installed on your computer; you can see what is new and what you haven’t yet installed. You can use Web PI to learn more about different components and install one or more components in a chained installation, with Web PI handling reboots and logging failures where applicable. The currently available software components include Internet Information Services 7 (IIS 7), PHP 5.2.11, Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 Express with Service Pack 1, the Microsoft®.NET Framework, and Microsoft® Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition with Service Pack 1.
Web PI also provides an interface to the Windows Web App Gallery, a community-driven hub of the most popular open-source and community Web applications that run on Windows. Accessible from anywhere through the Microsoft Web Platform site, the Windows Web App Gallery provides a streamlined way for users to explore, discover, and install Microsoft® ASP.NET, PHP, and other types of Web applications for the Windows operating system, providing Web developers with access to millions of Web users worldwide. The Windows Web App Gallery lets developers submit their own applications for inclusion; once accepted, a Web application can appear in Web PI for anyone to download.
System requirements for Web PI include an Internet connection and one of the following supported operating systems:
- Windows Server® 2008 R2 or Windows Server® 2008
- Windows Server® 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Itanium-Based Systems
- Windows Vista®
- Windows® XP Service Pack 2 (SP2)
- Windows® 7
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