by Peter Galli on December 09, 2008 01:40pm

I'm on the road with Robert Duffner, our Senior Director of Platform Strategy, talking to tech press in New York, Boston and San Francisco this week.

So, imagine my surprise when top Microsoft blogger Mary Jo Foley ran an article about a new open source content system known as "Oxite."

The alpha code for Oxite, which is an open source, standards compliant, and highly extensible content management platform that can run anything from blogs to big web sites, and which already runs MIX Online, was recently released on CodePlex, our open source project hosting site.Oxite is licensed under the Microsoft Public License.

While we were surprised by Mary Jo's blog, this is a great thing as it shows just how many open source projects are taking place under the covers here at Microsoft. Having a range of our developers across Microsoft working on a variety of open source projects targeted at different communities of users, is exactly the goal of our group.

Stay tuned, as I expect to be surprised a lot more going forward and, as I do, I'll bring these projects to your attention, however they come to my attention. Big Smile