Now here’s something to check out! Microsoft has released v1.0 of it’s Microsoft Web Platform Installer to make it easy to get set up to start doing web development. It installs IIS, VS Web Developer 2008 Express, SQL Server 2008 Express and the .Net Framework. And when they went from beta to v1.0, they added the new ASP.NET MVC, VS Tools for Silverlight and more! Way to go guys!
The Microsoft Web Application Installer is (unfortunatly) still beta but help you get up and doing web development if you need tools other than what comes with the Platform AI. You can install things like Graffiti, DotNetNuke, WordPress, Drupal, OSCommerce and more! It checks your machine for the necessary pre-requesites and will pull the apps from their source. Then it walks you through the configuration process and installs them on your computer.
All in all, these two are an incredible benefit for anyone wanting to get up and running quickly. Way to go guys!!!