Microsoft discontinues development of PHP builds for Windows

Support ends with version PHP 7.4. From version 8, there are no new PHP builds from Microsoft. The PHP project wants to take responsibility for creating new builds. Little should change for Windows users.

Microsoft no longer participates in the further development of the PHP scripting language for Windows. As of version PHP 8.0, the Redmond company does not provide any new Windows builds for PHP. Microsoft technician Dale Hirt announced this.

Windows 10 1809 October 2018 update (Image: Microsoft)The versions PHP 7.2, PHP 7.3 and PHP 7.4 are currently supported. However, support for PHP 7.2 ends in November. As of November PHP 7.3 will only receive security updates. For PHP 7.4 there are still bug fixes for one year and then security fixes for another year. PHP 8.0 is still under development.

“We are committed to continuing to develop PHP on Windows for 7.2, 7.3 and 7.4 as long as they are officially supported. However, we will not support PHP for Windows for version 8.0 and beyond in any way, ”Hirt wrote in a blog entry.

PHP developer Sara Golemon made it clear that Microsoft’s announcement doesn’t mean Windows no longer supports PHP 8. “The news means Microsoft is not officially building PHP 8 and newer builds,” she said on Reddit.

Probably someone from the PHP project would reactivate a machine in the cloud running Windows and set up an automatic process to generate builds for Windows themselves. Golemon also hopes that Microsoft will provide the required Windows license free of charge. Microsoft’s announcement is still very new, but Windows users are unlikely to change much.

A reader of Hacker News points out that Microsoft’s original PHP offering for Azure App Service was only available on Windows. Azur App Service now also supports Linux, which is why a Windows build of PHP is no longer absolutely necessary. Similarly, some PHP developers see the Windows Subsystem for Linux as an alternative.

PHP is one of the most popular programming languages ​​among developers. PHP has ranked fourth in the annual GitHub survey since 2015, behind JavaScript, Python and Java.

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