Microsoft WordPress

Microsoft’s new Web Application Installer will install WordPress for you. Who woulda thunk it? You can read more on their Channel 8 blog.

46 thoughts on “Microsoft WordPress

  1. Interesting. I might even have to install IIS just to try this. It DOES make installing IIS with WP sound easy.. but in the real world I wonder how it works… especially with IIS and permalinks bug and having to use index.php/ in the url – sometimes –

    I wonder if the IIS install has a work around for this that would install immediately since it is being configd by MS.. surely they did enough testing to understand IIS NEEDs help in that area when it concerns WP.. you cannot tell me they tested and released this and did not notice that once…

  2. The first link doesn’t seem to go anywhere but, considering how Microsoft has been trying desperately to change their image over the last five years, this shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. MS has claimed that they want to become more involved in the Open Source community, and what better way to do this than by supporting something they’re not developing?

    It’s certainly much easier for the execs to approve of something like this rather than sharing source code for something as outdated as WIndows 98 😛

  3. I haven’t as yet read the linked article. I just wanted to point out that your headline scared the cricketsplit out of me for a minute.

  4. scary headline indeed, if this was post on April, I wont bother to click. this MS web aps installer only run on IIS 7.0 with FastCGI Modules you pretty much need to setup/compile PHP & MYSQL first before everything is ready. the ideas is like LAMPP/XAMPP but bundle with bunch of popular CMS.

  5. This is great and makes another case for WordPress as an established, viable application for those that don’t understand this already. I recently had a little tif over WP with some IT (read Microsoft) people that claimed they would have nothing to do with WordPress because it wasn’t a “true” platform. This would put a little dent in that argument.

  6. Tried it, but there are 7 prerequisite items that need to be manually installed in your IIS — stuff like php (d’oh), mysql, etc. The MS AI does provide download links, though.

  7. When I read the headline I thought WP had been bought.
    I used to work at Microsoft and although WP was never discussed as a target of acquisition, it would be the most logical thing for MS to try to do.

    1. WOW that is too scary to even go to bed with. I wish I had waited until tomorrow and morning Joe to read that, Richard.

      But thanks for the thought. It is worth getting it to keep in mind that no matter how good things get, the world can come apart in a flash of fire.

  8. Even though I use Linux for my servers, AFAIK, the fastest platform for PHP apps is IIS using FastCGI. Of course, there are lots of supplemental services that aren’t available on that platform, but still — sometimes you have to give kudos where they’re due.

    Disappointing to hear that this app doesn’t handle installing PHP and MySQL for you, but it still sounds interesting. Might give a *lot* of exposure to that list of Open Source apps that they might not otherwise have gotten, in some organizations.

  9. You know what, whenever I used to open microsoft word on my xp, this word uses to come into mind “Microsoft WordPress” haha!!

    Nice stuff btw 🙂

  10. Whats the difference between this and manually uploading a copy of wordpress to a IIS server and installing it like you would on a php server?

  11. Whoa! The title scared the hell out of me… I thought that those lazy fatasses from Microsoft where about to get wordpress on their bag!!!

    Oh! the nightmare!

  12. Good news, the more the better.. MS usually only hops on the ‘open-source’ tip when they see $$$…

    First google update/earth/desktop-search/gears/chrome and now MS… my poor CPU!

  13. So installing wordpress takes like 30 secs anyway – whats the big deal. But installing PHP and MySQL on Windows takes much longer. Right pain in the jaxi last time I did, which I’m glad to say was a long time ago as I wouldn’t use that pile of crap for any server, especially not a web server. They ought to put some effort in and get the difficult to install bits working out of the box, since the WP boyz have done all the hard work already in making it so foolproof.
    “AFAIK, the fastest platform for PHP apps is IIS…” what an utter crock of… More like the slowest, and certainly least stable. You can certainly have more sites and concurrent users on unix servers of equivalent spec. I’ve done my own tests, and there are plenty of stats out there which suggest the same.
    By the way this theme is a cracking piece of design. Rather like WordPress…