Microsoft's Web Matrix is a powerful set of Web development tools derived primarily from the Visual Studio base with some extra SQL Server Tools and other development tools added to the mix. This package is not for the beggining developer or even the professional graphics designer. There simply are too many options and a huge learning curve despite the fact that these are the Express versions of the base Visual Studio and other Developer tools.
Also there is a patina of openness such as open source tools like PHP, MySQL, and several open blogging services like WordPress and Drupal are supported. -Unfortunately that "openness" turns out to be a facade. The underlying