I have Magento running locally on Windows for development and I notice it's very much slower than my Virtual Box version running Linux.
I understand there are a lot of factors involved here i.e Resources available, programs running, background tasks etc and it's true that my virtual box has dedicated resources which are only used by Magento whereas I have lots more going on in Windows.
Does anyone host live Magento sites on Windows? Is it fast enough (will there be a difference assuming there is enough hardware)
Also, should I go with something like Xammp or would a direct installation of PHP on IIS work our faster?