Today is the day! Today at Mix, my team is announcing two new incubation projects that we have been working on for the last few months. Both CTPs went live this morning and will be announced during our sessions beginning this afternoon.

Project Codename "Astoria" is a technology designed to allow you to expose your data as a data service that can be consumed by web clients within a corporate network and across the internet. The data service is accessed by URIs via HTTP (GET, POST, PUT and DELETE) and exchanges data in simple formats such as XML and JSON. The CTP for Astoria was released this morning as both a downloadable toolkit to enable access to your own Database, as well as an experimental online service.

To learn more about Astoria check out


Project Codename "Jasper" is a technology geared towards iterative and agile development. Jasper allows you to begin interacting with your data without the need to create mapping files or define classes. You can build user interfaces by naming controls that match to your model without having to worry about binding code.

Find out more about Jasper and download the CTP at