The Microsoft Web Platform Installer is a tool released by Microsoft. It is designed to find and install updated web framework content. Instead of searching the Internet for the best application or framework for your website, Microsoft Web Platform Installer allows you to do that from this nifty application.
Of course, most of the content is built around and designed to work with Microsoft's technology, such as NET Framework, Visual Web, SQL Server Express and IIS. Certainly, you can find all these applications on the Internet, but the Platform Installer organizes these programs in a way they are easy to find. You can also download and install these programs from within the application itself, which saves much time in the process.
It is a very compact program, so it will not take up much disk space. The application could use some other features that installers normally have, like informing the user when an application installed is updated. Still, although it is not a tool you will be using on a daily basis, it does its job really well.
- It would be nice if there were more features for installers.