Microsoft Open Source Intitaives for Web Designers and Developers

Check out MIX Online, which is a “community for web designers and developers who build and believe in the innovative web.” It is a project that is in many ways a part of Microsoft’s embrace of online communities and even (gasp!) open source. Some of the interesting projects from MIX are the Oxite project, an open source blogging/content management system built on top of the recently released .NET MVC framework, and their Descry Project.

Project Descry aims to “demonstrates the power of data and information visualization as a communication tool.”  As a part of Descry, they released a set of open source, web-based visualizations (based on Microsoft Silverlight technologies) and articles on really cool Infographics. One particularly interesting visualization is that of the web development process which shows it in a really interesting format what goes on behind the scenes from conception to launch. Check it out here:


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