PHP tools vendor Zend has announced that its Zend Core product will run on Windows Server 2008, providing parity between Windows Server and Linux in running PHP.
Zend Core is Zend's certified PHP distribution. Version 2.5 is certified for Windows Server 2008. "The certification means that customers who choose to use it on Windows Server 2008 know that it will work as it should," says Andi Gutmans, Zend's CTO.
Microsoft and Zend have been collaborating to enable PHP applications to run on Windows. Microsoft has a feature called FastCGI, intended to enable PHP to run on Microsoft's platform. Users also need Microsoft Internet Information Server to run PHP on Windows.