From very humble beginnings in late 2008 (!), the Web Platform Installer (WebPI) has helped bootstrap countless machines with a wide array of Microsoft platform products and open source (OSS) web applications. WebPI was Microsoft's first big foray into OSS web apps (Umbraco, DotNetNuke and the like) and even installed non-Microsoft products like MySQL and PHP. It's greatest strength was it's ability to detect and install the correct versions of the myriad of dependencies needed to setup a server of desktop machine. No longer did you need to search for the various versions of the SQL client, .NET Framework or any other underlying component - WebPI handled it all for you seamlessly and was always up to date with the latest and greatest.