Microsoft introduces installer for open-source web applications

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image Microsoft has announced that it will ship popular ASP and PHP open-source projects, among other components, for its Web Platform for developers – for free. Basically this installs your choice of the projects, .NET Framework 3.5, IIS7.0 and Extensions, IIS FastCGI, Visual Web Developer 2008, SQL Server 2008 Express, SQL Server Management Studio, ASP.NET MVC and Silverlight Tools.

The open source projects includes Drupal, WordPress, osCommerce, PHPBB, DotNetNuke and Graffiti, with more being added soon after being evaluated by Microsoft. However, while certain applications need PHP and MySQL, like WordPress, Microsoft has not added that, but chosen to give you links on how to install it.

The software doesn’t actually have the project’s source files, but will merely just retrieve it from the source repository and install it for you via this installer.

The software is only available for Windows Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008 users.