If ever doubted about Microsoft's commitment to provide a valid equivalent to LAMP with WISP, the company has released PHP 5.3 Release Candidate 2, highly optimized for the Windows operating system. PHP is an essential component shared by both LAMP and WISP. LAMP is an acronym that stands for Linux, Apache MySQL and PHP. In contrast, WISP is Windows, Internet Information Services, SQL Server and PHP, of course. The largest problem standing in the way of WISP's adoption was inferior performance of PHP on Windows over Linux. This is why Microsoft has poured consistent resources into fixing the PHP performance handicap, revealed Garrett Serack.
Download: PHP 5.3 RC2