Start64!PHP 7 was announced last year, and the PHP team has started releasing the first alpha versions during June this year. Now the first PHP 7 beta hit the Interwebs, and it brings the engine closer and closer to its end goal.

PHP 7.0.0 Beta 1 adds security, stability and other improvements, and was delayed one day to include a security update from the OpenSSL team.

The beta also features consistent 64-bit support, is now twice as fast as PHP 5.6, 14 times faster than PHP 5.0, and removes some old SAPIs and extensions.

Additionally, support for anonymous classes has been added, along with return and scalar type declarations, the combined comparison operator (<=>), and the null coalescing operator (??).