Microsoft and Zend collaborate on PHP for Windows

A nice press release today at Microsoft: Microsoft and Zend Technologies Announce Technical Collaboration to Improve Interoperability of PHP on the Windows Server Platform. Both companies admit that PHP is often developed on Windows systems, but the final server environment is mostly *nix. With this collaboration, Microsoft and Zend will try to change that.

The specific points of action in this collaboration:

  • Microsoft plans to releas an IIS add-on, FastCGI, that will serve as the interface between PHP and IIS. I talked about FastCGI earlier.
  • Zend will establish a Windows testing lab, to maintain high performance of PHP on Windows servers as PHP evolves.
  • Both parties will help to ensure a production-quality PHP environment for IIS 5.1 and newer versions
  • Both parties will provide support to the PHP community, helping developers planning to deploy PHP applications on Windows servers.

I think this is nice news! Looking forward to results of this collaboration...

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