- IIS Express 7.5 - A developer focused version of IIS that does not require admin rights to run and debug code from Visual Studio.
- NuGet - An open source package manager designed to make it easier for ASP.NET developers to find, install, and use open source libraries for projects.
- Orchard 1.0 - The Orchard Project is Microsoft-sponsored project dedicated to creating open source applications and reusable components in .NET. Orchard 1.0, a .NET based CMS, is its first project.
- SQL Server Compact Edition 4 - A simple version of SQL Server for developers. It doesn't even require installation to work.
- WebMatrix - A starter-kit for ASP.NET developers. It includes: IIS Express, ASP.NET and SQL Server Compact. It also includes many open source code templates and an integrated SEO tool.
Will any of these tools be useful for you? Do you think they'll help get more new developers involved in .NET technologies instead of the usual PHP, Ruby, and Python a lot of new developers are trying first?