There is big news in the world of publishing software and that is, Microsoft had unveiled its foray into the open source blogging market with the first public release of Oxite. Oxite is built on top of the ASP.NET MVC (Model View Controller) framework. Many people seem to think that Oxite could take on the likes of WordPress but I highly doubt that. For the first release, this is what you have to look forward to:
Blogging Related Features:
- Pingbacks, trackbacks
- Anonymous and authenticated commenting along with optional moderation
- Gravator support (global avatars)
- RSS feeds
- Search friendly URLs
- Supports the MetaWebLog API
- Web Admin Panel
- Supports Open Search format
- Other Content Management Features
Other CMS Related Features:
- Create any number of web pages for any purpose
- Create sub-pages off a main page
The good news relating to Oxite is that, it shows Microsoft moving into a more open software development track.
When visiting the Oxite FAQ, question number two sums up who will be using the Oxite platform anytime soon.
Q: I’m not a developer. Is Oxite for me?
A: Currently, no. Oxite is targeted at developers who want to learn ASP.NET MVC. That said, if you’re a devigner, you might really like Oxite too. We work well in Visual Studio Express. This is a community project. If the community decides to build this to work well for consumers down the road we won’t stop it, and then Oxite would be for you.