Microsoft upgrades Web platform tools

Developing and managing Web sites might be a little easier with the new tools

Developing and managing Web sites might have gotten a little easier with the new tools Microsoft announced this week as part of its MIX09 Web design and development conference.

The tools include the Web Platform Installer (Web PI) 2.0 Beta and new or updated extensions to Microsoft's Internet Information Services (IIS) 7 Web server. The company also made general improvements in its Web platform, said Mai-lan Bukovec, product unit manager for IIS at Microsoft.

In a Microsoft TechNet video, Bukovec said her team has been working on a nuts-and-bolts overhaul of Microsoft's Web platform for more than a year. The new version contains features that make managing runtime requests, dynamic routing and database management "a whole lot easier," she added.

Web PI 2.0 Beta lets users install various Web applications, including wikis, blogs and others available through Microsoft's Web Application Gallery. The installer's main function is to support Microsoft's Web platform components, including IIS 7, Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition, SQL Server 2008 Express and the .NET Framework.

New IIS extensions include FTP Service 7.5, a Smooth Streaming beta for Silverlight, an Advanced Logging beta for client-side metrics and an IIS Administration Pack. The pack provides a management user interface for ASP.NET authorization, request filtering and FastCGI setup.

The company also announced release candidate versions of the IIS 7 Web Deployment Tool and Database Manager, a beta of Application Request Routing Version 2, and Media Services 2.0.

All the new Web tools are accessible through Microsoft's Web PI software.

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Herb Torrens is a freelance writer based in Southern California.

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