Microsoft, a company that isn’t known for working tightly with the open source world, has announced the Microsoft Web Installer. This beta application is aimed at helping Web site administrators install and configure widely-used Web Applications onto a Windows-powered server.
Surprisingly, Microsoft is aiding administrators with installing popular open source software packages — including WordPress, Drupal, DotNetNuke, phpBB and Graffiti CMS.
What Microsoft Web Application Installer Does
The Microsoft Web Platform, as it’s called, is meant to make installing complex Web applications quick and easy. The program will check your target server for necessary pre-requisite software packages, download necessary components, and install and configure the applications on your server.
Oddly enough, the supported applications utilize MySQL and PHP, which are competing products of Microsoft’s SQL Server database engine and ASP.NET Web programming model.