Let's take a look at a few notable updates this week in web experience management (WEM) from Microsoft and OmniUpdate that look to make it easy to move to the cloud and enhance WYSIWYG capabilities.

A Two in One Solution

Earlier this week Microsoft announced version 3 of WebMatrix, its website publishing, management and creation tool, which was originally launched in 2010.

One of the most notable additions to the product was a move towards more of a cloud-friendly system through an integration with Windows Azure, a web hosting framework. When a user signs into their WebMatrix account they have the option to simultaneously sign into their Azure account.

From there users can use the My Sites button to browse their current websites or create a new website using a blank or pre-designed template, which includes Wordpress and Drupal. After selecting a template, WebMatrix tools can then be used to design and edit the Azure hosted site, with ten free sites allotted per user.


Based on customer feedback following the release of version two, Microsoft has also added more support for version control by adding GIT, which works with a user’s current source repositories, configuration tools and other pre-existing tools and TFS, which makes doing common source control tasks easier. Microsoft has also added a remote editing feature.

It's All About the University (Website) Experience

Only a few months ago, OmniUpdate added a new feature to version 9.18 of the OU Campus CMS, but improving a website's management capabilities isn't always about the small updates, but the larger upgrades. With the release of version 9.19, users have access to an upgraded Saxon tool and new capabilities for the WYSIWYG Editor and Trigger Publishing tools.

Specifically, the Saxon tool has been updated to version 9.4 and now provides more support for XPath 3.0 and XQuery 3.0 drafts, while the WYSIWYG Editor can now visually display block level elements and has increased HTML5 support. As for the trigger publishing, which Lance Merker, president and CEO of OmniUpdate says now “opens the door for other use-case opportunities," it also has added a source tagging ability which allows content to be published and synchronized automatically when the source file is published.