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.
From the Oxite website: “That said, if you’re a devigner…”
Doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. Then again, I’ve made my share of silly spelling mistakes, too. Still…
What interests me is which database software this will support. I have several clients that use Windows servers in a corporate environment. They don’t want to install another database, especially an open source database, when Microsoft’s SQL db is installed by default. So they can’t use WordPress because WP requires MySQL. It won’t run without MySQL and my clients are adverse to installing anything not provided by MS. I’ve tried other blog software designed expressly to run on Windows servers, but the performance and feature set has been poor.
From a quick look at the Oxite web site, it appears that Oxite can work with SQL Server 2005 (and perhaps others). If this is true and if the software works as advertised, this might be a good solution to my clients who can’t use WordPress on a Windows box.
Thanks for sharing this.
Tom Bonner is the author of the Sony Alpha DSLR-A300/A350 Digital Field Guide from Wiley press. He blogs regularly at http://alphatracks.com.
Well..i am surprise on the release of oxite….but i agreed with Blog Expert..maybe a bit too late…
I would still stick my lovely WordPress…checkout my love blog i recently launched – Cupid Blogger Dot Com for more love tips and most importantly, it is powered by WordPress…
It will be interesting to see how well this one does. I’m just thinking that it might be too late to start in the blogging platform world.