Microsoft ships RSS platform

This morning Microsoft has released a public beta of version 7 of their Internet Explorer web browser, aimed at developers, although I’m sure a lot of tech-savvy and adventurous users will download and install it as well.

This release is significant for publishers who provide RSS 2.0 feeds for their content because this is the first Microsoft release that includes comprehensive support for RSS not only on the producing side, but also on the consuming side. Until now, Microsoft has not shipped an RSS reader, and now they have, for Windows XP, a operating system with many millions of users. Their aggregator, and the underlying platform, is likely to be used in very large volume, likely becoming the most-installed aggregator.

It’s also signficant in that Microsoft has been a staunch supporter of the “really simple” approach to syndication. Their aggregator, of course, has to support all the flavors of RSS that are out there, but they have worked closely with the community to be sure that they were correctly using the formats and protocols that are already in wide use. As we move forward, the target can get smaller, making it easier for all developers on all platforms, not just Windows, to support RSS. Because Microsoft is such a powerful force in the software business, this practice can’t help but influence others, in a positive way.

Further, the Microsoft offering includes support for RSS 2.0 feeds with enclosures, making it a powerful engine for podcasting applications. This may create a diverse community of applications, far beyond the small number of “podcatcher” applications that are currently available.

Since I am primarily a Macintosh user these days, I have not installed the software myself, although Microsoft offered to let me try the software before its release. Even so, I am confident that they have done an excellent job of supporting RSS, and have added strength to the growing community of content providers and technology developers building on the format.

39 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by times on January 31, 2006 at 9:25 am

    bah! download available to msdn subscribers only.

    Reply

  2. That’s a bug, this release was supposed to be totally public, not just for MSDN subscribers.

    Reply

  3. What products *produce* RSS? Or do you mean just their online presense and blog service?

    Reply

  4. Thom, that’s right and who knows there might be others, at some point.

    Reply

  5. The site you point to Dave states Beta 1 and no dates on the page. Everything then goes to htto://www.microsoft.com/ie and there is only a link to Beta 1 at the bottom of the page.

    I would be rather impressed if you came up with a public link for all of us IE peoples :)

    Reply

  6. Scrub that the site is now updated and live :)

    Reply

  7. site is live. god features in it.
    point to note : “In conjunction with Amazon’s A9 subsidiary, Microsoft submitted an updated version of the OpenSearch standard to the search and RSS communities, which was released under the Creative Commons license.’

    Reply

  8. Margeret Cobb, Group Program Manager of IE. Sez theres new cool stuff that is in the Beta. Vista users may have seen some of it already.

    so vista tester maybe a little dissappointed :)-

    Reply

  9. I’ve been using the Beta1 for a while with no probs at all. Great to have the tabbed browsing in there.

    ‘Styling’ of RSS feeds is everywhere (and built-in). It’s like the RSS format becomes the page of content itself, rather than the data pointing to futher content.

    So, full OPML support for IE8 then? ;) Hmmm.

    I also heard Microsoft are working on an ‘OPML Exchange Server’ – sounds interesting. Much use of SSE’s etc.

    It’s going to be a busy year for data syndication, synchronisation and sharing!

    Reply

  10. Also, I noticed you run google analytics on this blog – are the results good/interesting/worthwhile?

    Reply

  11. Won’t install on my machine :(

    Reply

  12. […] IE Blog has the announcement, as does Dave Winer in his Microsoft Ships RSS platform post. […]

    Reply

  13. Posted by Dr. Whitt on January 31, 2006 at 12:58 pm

    <just-a-game>

    I though the landing page looked like an old-school video game…

    See if you can “grab” with your cursor the feature names as they marquee by and make them all stand still simultaneously!

    Turns out it wasn’t a video game and became tiresome after about a minute.

    </just-a-game>

    Reply

  14. […] Microsoft ships RSS platform […]

    Reply

  15. Posted by scobleizer on January 31, 2006 at 1:18 pm

    We have a video up on Channel 9 that explains more: http://channel9.msdn.com/showpost.aspx?postid=159460

    Reply

  16. […] The Internet Explorer team released a new version which includes our new RSS platform. We posted a new video with the team up on Channel 9 (and that links to all the important stuff). Thanks Charles Torre for getting this up. Dave Winer promptly posted his thoughts. We were promptly Slashdotted. […]

    Reply

  17. […] note: According to Dave Winer Microsoft just released a public beta of IE 7 which includes RSS support- so it may not be long for the rest of you. […]

    Reply

  18. […] Dave’s WordPress Blog Microsoft ships RSS platform (tags: rss) […]

    Reply

  19. I’m gonna go grab this right now….installed to a virtual machine of course :)

    Reply

  20. Posted by Innocent Bystander on January 31, 2006 at 7:33 pm

    Now if they only had full support for html and CSS it might be worth running.

    Reply

  21. I am doing a multi day review of IE7 beta 2 on my site. zackwhandley.wordpress.com …I am a dyed in the wool firefox user (especially since performancing.com/firefox came out) but IF you are using IE, you owe it to yourself to ckeck this out. Strong resource (memory) management, fast loading and a promising aggregator…

    I will be updating throughout the week …come note your experiences at my site…

    Reply

  22. […] Microsoft ships IE7 beta2 with RSS… but I can’t figure it out […]

    Reply

  23. […] Plus it has comprehensive support for RSS Explore posts in the same categories: RSS […]

    Reply

  24. This is a good reason to get a dedicated Windows machine… it’s a bit annoying actually.

    Can’t wait to get my PowerMac Pro so I can run VMWare ;)

    Kevin

    Reply

  25. Once again Win XP x64 users are left out in the cold.

    Reply

  26. […] Dave Winer, the father of RSS as some refer to him, gave Microsoft’s official entry into RSS space some positive mojo but then left himself an out by saying that these days he was primarily a Mac user “these days” and hadn’t actually downloaded and tried the software. In other words, Dave is glad to see Microsoft join the party, he’s just not sure if what they are wearing is in style. […]

    Reply

  27. […] Second time is luckier, it manages to start and not crash. Yet! So what’s changed? Not much from the beta 1. A bit of polishing on the GUI. Supposedly better feeds handling though i still haven’t completly understood how it handles them and why is everybody so keen about MS supporting feed parsing. Instead of relying on MS, an open source, standards based library could be put together for everyone to use. […]

    Reply

  28. Just tried to install beta on Windows 2000 Professional and been told that ‘your architecture is not supported’. Just wanted to see how much of everyone else’s innovation they have been forced to play catch-up with.

    Reply

  29. “Evaluation of Internet Explorer 7 should start now, but the software should not be used on production systems in mission-critical environments. Internet Explorer 7 Beta 2 Preview will only run on Windows® XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) systems, but will ultimately be available for Windows Vista, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, and Windows Server 2003.”

    That is the text on the bottom of the download page.

    Reply

  30. Big deal, this is already out as a mature framework in Mac OS-X Tiger. Yep, they changed the icon colour to blue, but OS level subscription lists? Tick. Browser integration? Tick.

    And just to add something constructive to the conversation instead of just rampant fanboy-ism, for code to be considered an “RSS Platform”, surely the creation of content must be supported too? At this point, IE7 simply acts as an aggregator whilst exposing its subscription list in an API.

    It’s only the ubiquity of IE that’s making any of this stuff seem important.

    Reply

  31. […] Dave’s WordPress Blog – Microsoft ships RSS platform Microsoft has released a public beta of version 7 of their Internet Explorer web browser. Trelease is significant for publishers who provide RSS 2.0 feeds for their content because this is the first Microsoft release that includes comprehensive support f (tags: rss ie Microsoft browsers Vista ie7.0beta2) Explore posts in the same categories: Daily Links […]

    Reply

  32. I love the RSS support for raw feeds. Much less intimidating for the new user. But I wish IE would respect the appearance of feeds that already have style sheets for browser-friendliness. In the case of FeedBurner feeds, the Subscribe Now! section (which contains “Add to” buttons for a variety of aggregators) is lost.

    Reply

  33. That’s interesting actually .. :)

    Reply

  34. […] Dave Winner: “This release is significant for publishers who provide RSS 2.0 feeds for their content because this is the first Microsoft release that includes comprehensive support for RSS not only on the producing side, but also on the consuming side. Until now, Microsoft has not shipped an RSS reader, and now they have, for Windows XP, a operating system with many millions of users. Their aggregator, and the underlying platform, is likely to be used in very large volume, likely becoming the most-installed aggregator.” This entry was posted on Thursday, February 2nd, 2006 and is filed under RSS Readers. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site. […]

    Reply

  35. […] PS: I only praised Microsoft for respecting the simplicity of RSS, and I meant it. I didn’t say their software would be useful to anyone. I won’t use it. I won’t recommend it to anyone either. I told them this by groaning out loud much as you are when they demo’d it to me. But what are you going to do? They’re the Biggest of the Big. They know better, and it always takes them three times to get it right. However, even Multiplan 1.0 was a spreadsheet. I’m sure they looked at Visicalc before they designed it. We’ve lost some ground here, I’m afraid. […]

    Reply

  36. […] Dave’s WordPress Blog » Microsoft ships RSS platform […]

    Reply

  37. […] You can check Dave Winer’s opinion on IE7’s RSS […]

    Reply

  38. […] Dave’s WordPress Blog » Microsoft ships RSS platform “This release is significant for publishers who provide RSS 2.0 feeds for their content because this is the first Microsoft release that includes comprehensive support for RSS not only on the producing side, but also on the consuming side.” (tags: rss microsoft browsers ie vista) […]

    Reply

  39. Another great read, although Microsoft were obviously going to in the end :P
    Thanks all!

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 60 other followers

%d bloggers like this: