Lots of new software for IIS, ASP.NET, AJAX and PHP this week

Wow, what a week of innovation for the Microsoft Web Platform.  This week we released a ton of new software which, if you haven’t already, you’ve got to check out.  Here is a quick overview:


IIS Search Engine Optimization v1 final release!

The IIS team shipped the final release of IIS SEO toolkit which makes it easier to optimize your Website for search engines.  It acts like a mini-search engine on your computer, scans your site and then provides useful tips for how to improve the relevance of your site to search engines.  This tool is now out of beta and available for download through Web PI


ASP.NET MVC 2 beta!

The ASP.NET team has been hard at work on the second release of MVC, which is now available to beta test.  Phil has a great blog post on the release with links to the download page, readme notes and the source code.  There are a bunch of new features in MVC 2 including AsyncController, expression based helpers, improvements with client validation, all new areas support, and more.  Read more on Phil’s blog


ASP.NET AJAX Library beta!

The ASP.NET AJAX team also has some exciting news with the release of the ASP.NET AJAX Library beta.  James has a terrific blog post with the news  This is the first project accepted into the new CodePlex Foundation! (more on that later)  The ASP.NET AJAX Library has a new portal at www.asp.net/ajaxlibrary with tutorials, samples, and more.  Read James’ post about the news and check it out!


IIS Application Request Router 2 final release!

The IIS team also released the final version of the IIS Application Request Router v2.  This is a super powerful module that provides routing and load balancing capabilities for Windows and IIS.  It makes it easy to create and manage an entire cluster of Web servers.  Mai-lan has a lot of info on the release in her blog post and you can download ARR v2 using Web PI today


PHP WinCache module final release - faster PHP on Windows!

The PHP team announced today the final release of the Windows Cache Extension for PHP, or WinCache for short, which makes PHP run much, much faster on Windows.  The iBuildings guys released a benchmark showing how the WinCache extension speeds up PHP by as much as 2x over standard PHP.  The other exciting part of this announcement is that the sources for the extension are now available under an open source BSD license and the source code is maintained and host on http://pecl.php.net/packages/wincache/  If you install PHP using Web PI, you automatically get WinCache

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