Microsoft unveiled a new set of developer tools and Software Development Kits (SDKs) for PHP developers who want to build modern cloud applications targeting Windows Azure Platform:
- Windows Azure Companion Sep'10 CTP is a new tool that aims to provide a seamless experience when installing and configuring PHP platform-elements (PHP runtime, extensions) and Web apps running on Azure. This CTP focuses on PHP, but it may be extended to be used for deploying any open source component or apps that runs on Azure.
- Windows Azure Tools for Eclipse for PHP Sep'10 Update–is a plug-in for PHP developers using Eclipse development environment, which provides tools to create, test and deploy Web apps targeting Azure.
- Windows Azure Command-line Tools for PHP Sep'10 Update– is a command-line tool, which offers PHP developers a simple way to package PHP based apps in order to deploy to Azure.
- Windows Azure SDK for PHP v2.0 enables PHP developers to easily extend their apps by leveraging Azure services (like blobs, tables and queues) in their Web apps whether they run on Azure or on another cloud platform.