by in Developer Notes

Microsoft recently switched users from their own blogging site to WordPress.com, a blogging service powered by the popular WordPress blogging/Content Management System (CMS) software. What is notable about this development to me is that Worpress is an “open source” project written in the non-Microsoft, PHP scripting language.

There are several other takeaways from this development:

  • The move is an important endorsement of the WordPress platform, one of the CMS tools we work with.
  • It indicates that at least one division of Microsoft is realizing that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel and write your own platform. Ars Technica discusses this in their blog post.
  • Automattic, the company behind WordPress might be acquired by Microsoft, as pondered by Conceivably Tech blog.
  • We might not have realized it, but WordPress is a significant player in the blogging service scene.

As always, its always nice to have news like this to keep the Microsoft-only developer fanboys in check.

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About Dana Hutchins

Dana is founder of Inforest Communications and has over fifteen years of Web design and development experience. Dana is involved in all aspects of business development and marketing of the firm, including serving as primary consultant on Internet and Web strategy to Inforest clients. His Web development responsibilities are primarily focused on writing custom modules,themes and plugins to make Drupal and WordPress sites run and look better. He also writes custom Web applications that have been used in online calendaring, e­-commerce and surveys.

Dana’s favorite programming acronyms are PHP, MySQL, CSS3, HTML5 and jQuery. However, what really gets him excited is the opportunity to use these tools to build Web sites that solve business needs and create new opportunities for his clients.