Microsoft released Oxite last week, and it garnered a lot of press (most of it enthusiastic). The Oxite story is pretty nice, as it delivers a very simple CMS/blogging tool, and as bonus it is ASP.NET MVC based, giving .NET developers a good chance to get into understanding MVC in a useful sample manner.
However, you need to be aware that this is a beta version at best, and not to be rushing it into a production setting. Rob Conery has a good rundown of the issues that the release faces, and finishes with this recommendation:
To make it clear – I’d recommend waiting until the design issues are fixed before you download the tool and use it, period. (Source: Rob Conery)
This is good to know, because from some of the reports it first received youâ€™d think Oxite was a mature platform ready to take on the incumbent (ie WordPress). We should probably wait a little before getting too excitedâ€¦
However, the MIX Online site is powered by Oxite, and they have fixed some of the identified issues already, so thereâ€™s at least one big name site running on it.
You can download it on CodePlex here.