Microsoft releases final public version of WebMatrix 3

In 2010, Microsoft released the first version of WebMatrix, its free website-creation toolkit that serves as an alternative of sorts to the company's commercial Expression suite of software. Several months ago, Microsoft announced it was effectively retiring the Expression series but the free WebMatrix software is still being offered.

This week, the company launched the final public versions of the latest installment in the series, WebMatrix 3. In a post this week on Microsoft VP Scott Guthrie's blog, he talks about what's new in WebMatrix 3, which was previously released to the public in a preview version in April.

The biggest addition is support for Windows Azure Web Sites, Guthrie writes. WebMatrix 3 allows its users to sign into their Windows Azure account if they wish to do so. Guthrie states, "Once you are signed-in your Windows Azure account and subscriptions are integrated directly within WebMatrix.  You have the option to create up to 10 free sites on Windows Azure."

WebMatrix 3 also offers website creators better ways to handle live remote editing of their sites and adds source control support for working with Git and TFS. Guthrie adds there is also "an extension for PHP validation and Typescript support" in WebMatrix 3, along with "hundreds" of other improvements to the free tools.

Source: Scott Guthrie's blog | Image via Microsoft

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hmm i hope they don't stop Aptana studio development and replace it with this, it looks similar but not quite as good.

I read somewhere that this requires IIS. Is that true? It would be a pity, because it looks interesting for when I have to develop on a PC.

You can use IIS Express (or nothing at all if you just want to use it as code editor). You need IIS (Express) if you want to build dynamic, server-driven web apps that require a web server to test/preview your work...

Jub Fequois said,
I read somewhere that this requires IIS. Is that true? It would be a pity, because it looks interesting for when I have to develop on a PC.

what? Even xp includes iis.

I know it's included with Windows, but I will never have any for IIS. I don't want to install it to run an application.

Also, it does in fact require IIS to be installed. You can't run it standalone.

What is the reason for saying "Final?" Unless I'm reading ScottGu's post wrong this is just a "new" version. Can you guys confirm this is the final version?

Yes it's a final version, I have it installed and it's not a Beta or a Beta Refresh or anything like that...

Obry said,
Yes it's a final version, I have it installed and it's not a Beta or a Beta Refresh or anything like that...
So it's WebMatrix 3 comes out of beta for public release. "Microsoft releases final public version of WebMatrix 3" reads as if this is the "final public version." Very odd wording.