Wednesday, June 29, 2005

RSS & Microsoft

Friday, June 24, 2005 3:18 PM/EST
More Takes on Microsoft's RSS Plans
If you're still grappling to understand the significance of Microsoft's latest RSS strategy announcements, here are some links that might be useful. The Channel 9 team has posted a video with demos of how the RSS integration into Longhorn and IE will work in different real-world scenarios. Charles Fitzgerald, manager of Microsoft's platform strategies unit, blogs about the kinds of lists Windows users might find interesting to consume via RSS. And Stanford Law Professor Lawrence Lessig discusses the significance of Microsoft's decision to license the pending Microsoft list extension to RSS under a Creative Commons license.

Friday, June 24, 2005 3:07 PM/EST
Microsoft to Make RSS Part of Longhorn, IE 7.0 Fabric
The cat's officially out of the bag. Microsoft is building RSS support into Longhorn. Specifically, it is adding a common feed list, common data store and synchronization engine, allowing Longhorn applications to be able to consume RSS feeds, into the next version of Windows. Microsoft also is building RSS support into Internet Explorer 7.0 (both the version integrated in Longhorn and the one that will run on XP). And the company is extending the RSS spec with a "list" extension, enabling users to syndicate new kinds of content (music play lists, photos, wish lists, calendar info, etc.). Longhorn testers won't get the RSS-ready Longhorn build until the Professional Developers Conference in September. IE 7.0 Beta 1 will support RSS feeds, however, according to Microsoft.


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