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Why is Microsoft forcing users to use non-standard download/installation solutions?

Why is Microsoft forcing users to use non-standard download/installation solutions?

Just now I wanted to download ASP.NET MVC and seen there is now something called Web Platform Installer. The direct link to the installer is however still there.

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Guest [Entry]

"Just combining the tools that we had to download separately into a single interface. If you download SQLServer Express, you were likely to download Visual Studio Express as well. This isn't always the case (such as you I am assuming) and for those times it is bothersome.

I was personally frustrated trying to find the source for Subtext. All paths led me to the web installer, but I found what I needed on codeplex or wherever.

Probably this combined interface makes the most sense for a large number of users, and they are willing to irritate the rest of us, but as you and I have shown, we can find the thing we need eventually.

Hanselman explains it pretty well I think."