Today at MIX 2009, we announced the release and availability of the new Windows Web Application Gallery and the Web Platform Installer 2.0 Beta.

Windows Web Application Gallery

The Windows Web Application Gallery provides a streamlined way for users to explore, discover, install and deploy popular Web applications on the Microsoft Web Platform. With this release, Web developers can now submit ASP.NET and PHP applications into the Gallery for distribution to millions of Microsoft Web Platform users worldwide.

The Windows Web Application Gallery contains community .NET and Open Source applications. Check out what’s available for categories such as ecommerce, content management, publishing, digital marketing and more and keep coming back to see new applications as they are added. Also be sure to explore the process and documentation for submitting an application to be included in the Windows Web Application Gallery.

For more information, see Windows Web Application Gallery. Install one of more of the applications from the Windows Web Application Gallery to get a feel for the experience. Try out the new rating system and the forum areas for community feedback.

Web Platform Installer

The Web Platform Installer installs Microsoft Web Platform tools and technologies, and new in the new release you can install and configure community ASP.NET and PHP applications that have been made available through the Windows Web Application Gallery.

The Web Platform Installer 2.0 Beta now includes new Platform features and IIS extensions as well as support for installing and configuring PHP v5.2.9-1 for Windows. If you haven’t tried the Web Platform Installer 2.0 Beta, take it for a test drive yourself. Especially on a clean installation, see how easy it is to install and configure the Microsoft Web Platform from scratch. Also be sure to install all of the IIS Extensions to see the full functionality of the platform for Windows and PHP.

For more information, see Web Platform Installer 2.0 Beta.