Let's face it, getting Microsoft's Web server, framework and tools installed is much more painful than it should be. Visit 10 different web sites, download a dozen different packages, install them one at a time, and maybe in a few hours you are ready to get started. And then once you've got the stack installed, staying up to date and discovering new extensions is even more difficult. Wouldn't it be nice if you could just go to one place and get the whole stack, and stay up to date?
Introducing Microsoft's Web Platform Installer: a one stop shop for downloading and installing the Microsoft Web Stack including IIS, ASP.NET, SQL Server, Visual Web Developer, all of the current IIS Extensions and more! Once installed, this tool automatically discovers new additions and updates to the platform, keeping you up to date.