Dean Hachamovitch and Amar Gandhi came and had a very good pitch for Microsoft. Now, it may be a company and product pitch, but it was expected and it was not something we can really go on our own to see the stuff (we saw Longhorn and IE7 First). And, compared to what I’ve heard from other Microsoft speakers, this was an unbelievably good presentation. It was on a vision. And a vision that is shared throughout the company on Microsoft and RSS.
For me, it was interesting. I liked to the path as how we got to RSS:
1. Browse (links)
Longhorn loves RSS. They want people to get it, since many don’t. And they want it to be everywhere, not just in the browser. Windows being RSS enabled. Make it easy for developers to RSS enable anything.
“It’s not about the browser, it’s about the platform.” The browser is just a preview for feeds.
So, the new IE7 will recognize a feed and give you a button to subscribe. It even has a preview, which is amazing. More than that, it has a filter so you can see what’s in the site from the preview. That is very unique. Ok – so, subscribing to feeds is not overly new. Neither is getting a search feed. The preview was something I really liked, but that was about it. But we also saw some new stuff. How Outlook Calendar can recognize RSS embedded calendar items.
Today, you subscribe to blogs & news & podcasts…
But podcasts is just one part of content that can be embedded. From photos to videos to contacts to documents… CONTENT…
Then, above just content feeds, they want to pitch lists of content. Video playlists, to do lists, document libraries, etc.
How do you envision this RSS list? It needs to be read differently. It’s a little more difficult to get this in RSS – adding is basic, but when a list is modified or an item removed, the RSS needs to be updated. They have envisioned this within the platform that reads lists and updates those lists as they exist in their original format – Amazon or whatnot. What Microsoft is doing with “Really Simple” self-describing lists will be Creative Commons.
RSS platform architectural overview available from blogs.msdn.com/ie
Longhorn beta 1 out this summer (?)
Code in PDC 2005 in September
And Dean. Great attitude. Totally just bitchslapped Boris Mann. In jest, yes.
Oh, and they gave away free jackets.
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