Microsoft to Take Over the (PHP) World

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php-med-trans-light.gifA couple of days ago, I reported that Microsoft had produced a SQL Server library for PHP. This reminded me of a recent news story regarding Microsoft backing the FastCGI extension to IIS and set me thinking as to why the sudden interest in PHP from Microsoft?

The obvious answer is that Microsoft still want to grow their share of the server market and by making PHP under IIS a great experience, they hope to wean PHP users away from Apache and Linux and over to Windows and IIS. However this smacks a bit too much of conspiracy theory for me. I’m not a big fan of conspiracy theories, but try as I might, I can think of no other reason.

Anyway, paranoia aside, if you do web sites with back-end computation of just about any form, the FastCGI component is well worth investigating as it isn’t just for IIS and PHP.