Windows Vista (version depending) introduces the new Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) version, 7. Much like IIS 6 introduced features and fixes over IIS 5, version 7 appears to continue this trend.

One thing PHP web developers using the Windows Vista OS will probably want to do is install PHP on IIS7. After following the steps in this article, this is a piece of cake. I am using Vista Business on my work machine and had no problems getting PHP 5.2.1 up and running on IIS7.

Additionally, the article addresses how to connect PHP to the “free version” of SQL 2005, SQL Express. While MySQL remains the more popular choice for PHP development, this is still good information to know if you develop exclusively for the Windows platform.