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Microsoft Releases Webmatrix

Software giant Microsoft has announced the release of the final version of its open source WebMatrix Web development software.

WebMatrix is a set of tools and templates designed to allow developers to create websites using open source platforms while adhering to Microsoft's Visual Studio and SQL Server product compatibility standards.

According to the WebMatrix website, the platform will support a number of popular open source web development tools, such as Joomla, WordPress, DotNetNuke and Orchard.

The company claims that the objective behind the software is not to generate revenue from the service providers supported by the platform, but is to make Microsoft's web development tools available to a wider audience.

In an interview with Cnet, Brian Goldfarb, the director of developer platform marketing at Microsoft, said: “The majority of the users are going to be new to this. That's one of the explicit goals here. We're trying to make Web development, and the Microsoft technology stack more approachable by a wider audience than we have in the past.”