Microsoft Making it's RSS Move

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Microsoft Making Significant RSS Move ... Finally
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Microsoft is finally making a significant RSS move according to RSS inventor Dave Winer. He visited the "RSS team" at MS last year, and tells us that IE7 getting support for the syndication format is "only the tip of the iceberg". Microsoft are expected to make an announcement at the Gnomedex gig today.

On Friday you'll see how deeply integrated RSS is in the architecture of the browser. But that's just the tip of what may turn out to be a very big iceberg. The people at Microsoft noticed something that I had seen, only peripherally -- that there were applications of RSS that aren't about news. Like Audible's NY Times Best Seller list, or an iTunes music playlist, or lists of Sharepoint documents, or browser bookmarks. Lists are all over the place, and people are starting to move them around via RSS, and they are not the usual kind of data that has been carried by RSS in the past.

About time...

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it's more like XML

imho, it's more like XML is becoming the standard way to exchange information. Ie. not RSS in particular (that's just one XML flavour, albeit a popular one)

Agreed claus, XML is in my

Agreed claus, XML is in my opinion, one of, if not THE best invention of recent years. It could (and i hope it will) ake all OS's interoperable...

RSS a Core Part of Longhorn

So says PC World:

RSS capability will be built into the OS, so that (for instance) you can have one set of newsfeed subscriptions show up in any Longhorn-aware newsreader or other application. Microsoft also says that Longhorn's RSS will make it easier for software developers to incorporate RSS-powered features into their programs without having to build the functionality from scratch.

The behemoth of Redmond is also saying it's working on something called Simple List Extensions, an RSS enhancement which will let RSS wrangle ordered lists of content, such as playlists and photo albums. Microsoft will make these extensions available through a Creative Commons license, which means that other developers can incorporate them into their services and software products.

Longhorn's RSS

... imagine that: "Longhorn's RSS"

... and even "Simple List Extensions, an RSS enhancement"

Microsoft never can stick to standards. They always have to make those daft so-called "extensions" to any standard they touch, in order to (try to) take ownership of the standard.

So, what wonders will the world experience now? A RSS-Marquee perhaps?

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