Ooh, now this is cool: Microsoft is now a contributing member of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF). This does not mean that Microsoft is just talking the talk; they are actually putting up money to help support the management and coders that support Apache.
Microsoft was quick to say that:
It is not a move away from IIS as Microsoft’s strategic web server technology. We have invested significantly in refactoring and adding new, state-of-the-art features to IIS, including support for PHP. We will continue to invest in IIS for the long term and are currently under way with development of IIS 8.
Okay, understood. Still, this is good. First, I have a strong suspicion that Microsoft is probably going to come up with a decent amount of cash for the ASF. That is good for the ASF and the Apache community as a whole. Second, this makes PHP even more viable (not that it ever wasn’t) as a direct competitor to ASP. Third, let’s not forget that ASF has its hands in Java as well (e.g., Tomcat), which is a competitor to the entire Windows platform in some ways.