I was roaming the hallways early today and Michael Bach (Product Manager for Web Platform) was grinning like a he was up to no good.

Given we're all working hard on the various efforts required for PDC, Silverlight RC0 etc I was wondering what he could possibly be happy about?

I asked him:

"wtf is up with you, do you need me to find work for you to do?"

With a smug response he retorts:

"..Nope, see unlike you my man, my product is out the door and it's getting some nice kudos already..."

I asked him what the hell he was on about and then he told me about this skunk works project he was part of. In that his team decided to package all the Web Platform bits into one action packed Installer.

To quote him:

The Microsoft Web Platform Installer Beta (Web PI) is a free tool that makes it simple to download and install the latest components of the Microsoft Web Platform. It let’s developers quickly get started with building web applications using Silverlight, ASP.NET and MVC. The application installs .NET Framework 3.5 SP1, IIS7 and Extensions, IIS FastCGI, Visual Web Developer 2008, SQL Server 2008 Express, SQL Server Management Studio, ASP.NET MVC and Silverlight Tools

ahh he's grown, he's already in full marketing speak mode... It was just yesterday he sat before me in the interview process, starry eyed and keen to save the world one technology byte at a time. Yet, here  he is already, months into the role and already shipping! - Upstart!

He's now my biggest competitor on the floor and Michael, you're going down buddy...down i say!.

You can get more info about this cool initiative from

http://www.microsoft.com/web

Game on... punk, game on.