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Under its collaboration deal with Microsoft, Zend
Technologies has certified Zend Core 2.5, its commercially supported version of
PHP, on Windows Server 2008, and that’s supposed to mean that high-performance
web applications written in PHP should run as good on the Microsoft operating
system now as on Linux or Unix, something that was never true before – even
though most PHP development is done on Windows.
By the end of the year, Zend’s entire product portfolio,
including its Zend Platform application server for managing and scaling
large-scale PHP programs, is supposed to support Server 2008.
The Zend Framework now supports Windows CardSpace,
Microsoft’s identity management system. It authenticates PHP applications and
allows them to access online services.
Late last year, Microsoft delivered a FastCGI
component for IIS, an interface between PHP and the IIS web server – now built
into Server 2008 – that upped the reliability and performance of PHP apps
running on Windows.
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