You already knew that Microsoft supported Drupal 6 in both their Web Platform Installer and WebMatrix tool. But now the self-proclaimed king of interoperability adds support for the latest version of the open source Web CMS: Drupal 7.
First Drupal 6, now Drupal 7
Last week Microsoft announced the official launch of Web Matrix, a framework that allows you to get a website up and running quickly. Support for a number of open source web content management systems was included (WordPress, Umbraco, Joomla! and of course Drupal). But that was Drupal 6.
From our point of view, Drupal version 7 marks an important milestone because it includes great improvements, some of which are the result of efforts from Microsoft and the Drupal community to bring users greater interoperability and more choices/options.
What improvements are included here? Specifically,
- Support for SQL Server 2008 R2 (actually 2005+). You can read about the SQL Server Driver for PHP 2.0 with PDO support. Microsoft credits the Commerce Guys with this capability.
- Drupal installation packages and modules are now available as ZIP files in addition to the usual TGZ archives.
- A web.config file included in the Drupal 7 Windows Package supports Internet Information Server.
- 4 new generic modules are also available for Drupal admins/developers including: Bing Maps Module, Silverlight Pivot Viewer Module, Windows Live ID Module and OData Module. Learn more about what these modules offer.
Drupal 7 is available now on the Web Platform Installer. The distribution comes from the Commerce Guys and offers a complete web stack. To get a look at the code, install Drupal 7 using WebMatrix.
Damien TOURNOUD, CTO of Commerce Guys (and a key contributor to Drupal 7), said
Microsoft has become a citizen of the Drupal world, and the integration of Drupal 7 in WebMatrix is great news for the Drupal community.”
Now while this is a really good thing, and will help Drupal reach an even wider audience than it currently does (not to mention what it does for Microsoft), it's a scary thought to say Microsoft and Drupal in the same sentence and not have developers up in arms. Then again, maybe this us vs them positioning is changing.