Redmond’s decision to include RSS technology in Longhorn and IE 7 puts a giant’s weight behind the rapidly growing technology. ...¶... The RSS (really simple syndication) functionality in Longhorn is designed to make it easier for end users to discover and subscribe to RSS feeds, and for developers to incorporate RSS capabilities into applications. In addition, Microsoft announced Simple List Extensions to enable web sites to publish lists, such as photo albums, music playlists, and top 10 lists, as RSS feeds. ¶ RSS technology has been rapidly adopted by web publishers and bloggers as a way of keeping readers apprised of the latest news, blog postings, and podcasts on their sites. Microsoft’s support for the standard gives the technology added legitimacy and offers the company a new way to attract the rapidly expanding RSS audience to its own sites. ... Link: Red Herring.
See also Microsoft support of RSS on this weblog. --Dennis