PHP 7.0.0 is released on 3rd Dec. 2015. It comes with more strong features which I listing below –
Find more on at http://php.net/manual/en/migration70.php
As a dedicated PHP developer, you should upgrade or make hands dirty with the new version of php. If you struggled with installing the latest version in XAMPP on your Windows 7, 8 or 10 machine, then you come at right place.
First download latest PHP version from http://windows.php.net/download#php-7.0. Download the VC14 x86 Thread Safe or VC14 x64 Thread Safe deciding upon your Windows version( x86 for 32-bit and x64 for 64-bit ). Next extract the zip file in a folder named php.
Go to your XAMPP installation directory and rename your old php directory with old version prefix like php to php_5_6_14. Now copy & paste the extracted new php folder to here.
Next, open httpd-xampp.conf from XAMPP configuration.
On PHP-Module setup section, comment these two lines and add the two lines below
# PHP-Module setup
#LoadModule php5_module "D:/xampp/php/php5apache2_4.dll"
LoadModule php7_module "D:/xampp/php/php7apache2_4.dll"
That’s it. Restart your XAMPP server and keep coding.