Microsoft delivers version 1.0 of its open-source CMS platform

Microsoft delivers version 1.0 of its open-source CMS platform

Summary: January 13 is the launch of Microsoft's WebMatrix open-source-friendly Web-development tool bundle. But that's not the only new open-source Microsoft deliverable that's hitting today.

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January 13 is the launch of Microsoft's WebMatrix open-source-friendly Web-development tool bundle. But that's not the only new open-source Microsoft deliverable that's hitting today.

Microsoft also is releasing the 1.0 version of its free, open-source "Orchard" content-management system (CMS). Like WebMatrix, Orchard's goal is to require users to do less coding, making the product appealing for a less techie audience, Microsoft is hoping.

Orchard was the successor to Microsoft's "Oxite" open-source CMS system. In December last year, Microsoft moved Orchard from its own CodePlex repository to the Outercurve Foundation. Microsoft "donated" Orchard to the Foundation, saying it was making a three-year support commitment. The dedicated project team, comprised of a handful of Microsoft employees, is being assigned full-time to the Foundation for that period.

Orchard is designed to help users create and manage Web sites, with customization possible via the browser-based editing tools built into the product. Orchard is built as an ASP.Net Model View Controller (MVC) 3 application, using the "Razor" view templates and SQL CE 4 for data storage. (Razor and the new compact SQL are both parts of the WebMatrix tool set.)

WebMatrix is a bundle of a lightweight version of Microsoft’s IIS Web Server, known as IIS Express; an updated version of SQL Server Compact Edition; and a new “view-engine option” for ASP.Net, known as “Razor,” which enables developers to embed Visual Basic or C# within HTML.

Microsoft announced the launch of WebMatrix, Orchard, MVC 3, the NuGet (previously known as NuPack) open-source package manager, and other Web-development tools and tidbits at the CodeMash conference in Ohio today. For more technical details about the products, see Corporate Vice President Scott Guthrie's blog post on the launch.

Topics: Microsoft, CXO, Enterprise Software, Open Source, Software

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  • Wait. Open source CMS. No. That can't be.

    Mary Jo, is this for real? :/
    Dietrich T. Schmitz, ~ Your Linux Advocate
    • RE: Microsoft delivers version 1.0 of its open-source CMS platform

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Advocate

      Yes it is open source. Downloaded it yesterday and it is great. You can develop using .NET or php.
      martinc12
      • RE: Microsoft delivers version 1.0 of its open-source CMS platform

        @martinc12 Better than that. You can fork, and submit a patch for consideration into the mainline. It's true OSS.

        Orchard is strictly C#/.NET, not PHP. PHP support is in WebMatrix, though, and WebMatrix (the IDE) itself is *not* open source.
        jon@...
      • So I guess then if what you say is correct...

        That it's not open source then, in any meaningful way, if you're talking Orchard or WebMatrix then. Odd...
        zkiwi
    • RE: Microsoft delivers version 1.0 of its open-source CMS platform

      @Dietrich T. Schmitz, Your Linux Advocate

      instead of being a douche, try being an actual advocate as your name suggests.

      maybe then, people will actually take you seriously.
      paceman007
  • Silverlight on top of SQL Compact 4 and IIS Express...

    ...would make for an awesome tablet developer scenario.
    rmac_z
    • RE: Microsoft delivers version 1.0 of its open-source CMS platform

      @rmac_z - have you looked at the WinPhone SDK? Silverlight on top of .NET on top of a Windows CE based OS (for now). Don't need IIS for Silverlight.

      Expect Win8's tablet app story to be Silverlight on top of .NET on top of Win8 for x86 and ARM.
      bitcrazed
  • RE: Microsoft delivers version 1.0 of its open-source CMS platform

    A clarification on your penultimate paragraph: WebMatrix, whilst it has IIS Express, etc. bundled with it is in fact a product in its own right. It is a streamlined website editing product - if Adobe had named it, they might have called it "Visual Studio Elements".
    samuel_d_jack
  • But is it good?

    When Oxite came out, there was a HUGE uproar from developers because of the bad coding practices that Microsoft used and tried to pass off as the "right" way to develop, and it basically shamefaced them into revamping it.

    I haven't checked out this new one, but is it actually well-written?
    wayne62682
    • RE: Microsoft delivers version 1.0 of its open-source CMS platform

      @wayne62682 - yeah, actually, MS really took the community's comments to heart and completely rewrote Orchard using bleeding-edge technologies and industry best practices.
      bitcrazed
  • RE: Microsoft delivers version 1.0 of its open-source CMS platform

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