Today, the IIS team released a the Web Platform Installer 2.0 RTW. Among the many cool new things (more tools, new applications, and localization to 9 languages) is the inclusion of the Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008.
Install the Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 using the Web Platform Installer.
Why should you care? As many of you know, before using the Windows Azure Tools, you need install and configure IIS which requires figuring out how to do that and following multiple steps. The Web Platform Installer (we call it the WebPI) makes installing the Tools, SDK and IIS as simple as clicking a few buttons.
For example, on a fresh machine, when I use the WebPI to install the Tools – look at all of the dependencies that get brought in and installed for me. I also don’t need to know to install IIS as a separate step, *it just works*.
One thing I do want to point out is that if you to browse around the WebPI to find the Windows Azure Tools, you first have to go to the Options dialog:
And select the “Developer Tools” checkbox.
A couple of other notes: