You will find in the Warehouse all you need for a fully customisable development environment that fits your production server or your needs and helps you to code properly. Update and expend your environment with modules and components :
Modules : Virtual Hosts Manager, Xdebug Manager, PhpMyAdmin, WordPress, PrestaShop, Drupal, Joomla!, Webgrind, Codiad Editor, PHP Code Sniffer (soon), Function Reference (soon), Coding Standards (soon)...
Components : PHP, Apache, MySQL, Nginx, PostgreSQL (soon), MongoDB (soon)...
Devserver allows you to fit your needs and allows you to setup a local server with the same characteristics as your production server (if you have one). You can develop locally anywhere (at home, at work, on your laptop...) thanks to the portability of the system.
For Windows 7/8/10
This version supports : PHP 7.1.x, 7.0.x / 5.6.x / 5.5.x / 5.4.x / 5.3.x
This version includes : Apache 2.4.25, PHP 7.1.3, PHP 5.6.30, MySQL 5.7.17, PhpMyAdmin 4.7.0, Xdebug...
For Windows XP to 8 only
This version supports : PHP 5.4.x / 5.3.x / 5.2.x
This version includes : Apache 2.4.25, PHP 5.4.45, MySQL 5.5.55, PhpMyAdmin 184.108.40.206, Xdebug...
More recent versions of PHP and Apache are built with VC14 (Visual Studio 2015 compiler) and include improvements in performance and stability. The VC14 builds require to have the Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015 x86 or x64 installed.
VC14 versions will run ALL PHP versions but won't support Windows XP and Windows 2003. With PHP 5.5.x, the PHP Team dropped support for Windows XP and 2003.
VC14 builds don't run on XP and 2003 but load VC9 and VC10 builds All PHP versions can be used (VC9, VC10 and VC11).
Recent versions of PHP and Apache are built with VC11 (Visual Studio 2012 compiler). The VC11 builds require to have the Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2012 x86 or x64 installed.
VC11 versions will run ALL PHP versions but won't support Windows XP and Windows 2003. With PHP 5.5.x, the PHP Team dropped support for Windows XP and 2003.
VC11 builds don't run on XP and 2003 but load VC9 and VC10 builds.
So why choosing VC9 ?
For compatibilty reasons. Usually, the Visual C++ Redistributable is already installed (this install needs admin privileges).
Why VC9 versions won't include PHP 5.5.x ?
PHP 5.4 is the last series to support Windows XP and Windows 2003. The PHP Team will not provide binary packages for these Windows versions after PHP 5.4.