Microsoft Drops Supports for PHP

The project manager for PHP inside Microsoft, Dale Harty announced in July that Microsoft is no longer going to offer official support of PHP on Windows starting at v8:

We know that the current cadence is 2 years from release for bug fixes, and 1 year after that for security fixes. This means that PHP 7.2 will be going out of support in November. PHP 7.3 will be going into security fix mode only in November. PHP 7.4 will continue to have another year of bug fix and then one year of security fixes. We are committed to maintaining development and building of PHP on Windows for 7.2, 7.3 and 7.4 as long as they are officially supported. We are not, however, going to be supporting PHP for Windows in any capacity for version 8.0 and beyond.

Though the official support for PHP has been dropped, it doesn’t mean that other developers won’t be supporting it again.

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The Way out for PHP Developers

Luckily for you, we’ve come up with a way to make it easy for PHP developers who use windows to come up with a way to run their scripts without having to buy another computer.

As an alternative to running PHP on Windows, you can download and install WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux), a feature that allows you to install and run supported versions of Linux without the complexity of setting up a virtual machine or different computer using command tools and services. 

Using these, you can successfully run your PHP codes and connect to your local server. 

WSL might not be so cool for users who are not familiar with Linux Commands but you should still give it a try. 

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