Microsoft to sponsor Windows version of node.js

From the [node.js blog](http://blog.nodejs.org/2011/06/23/porting-node-to-windows-with-microsoft%E2%80%99s-help/):> I'm pleased to announce that Microsoft is partnering with Joyent in formally contributing resources towards porting Node to Windows. As you may have heard in a talk we gave earlier this year, we have started the undertaking of a native port to Windows - targeting the high-performance IOCP API.

> This requires a rather large modification of the core structure, and we're very happy to have official guidance and engineering resources from Microsoft. Rackspace is also contributing Bert Belder's time to this undertaking.

> The result will be an official binary node.exe releases on nodejs.org, which will work on Windows Azure and other Windows versions as far back as Server 2003.

[node.js](http://nodejs.org) has become the de-facto server Javascript implementation. It was already available on most Unix-based operating systems and with the introduction of a Windows port, it becomes a true cross-platform tool.

It could be time to consider node.js for localhost server applications: applications that need a client-side server component, but do not rely on a desktop native UI. Examples could be peer-to-peer style applications, or synchronization software like Dropbox. A localhost web front-end could be used to communicate with the local node.js and you'd get the same code sharing benefits of Javascript.