Ever wonder how the New York Times Reader, MSDN Reader or the Architect Journal Reader deliver a great reading experience and maintain synchronized content? Well then you will want to dive into the Syndicated Client Experience (SCE) Starter Kit and Reader SDK.
The SCE Starter Kit is designed to make it easy to create rich, syndicated multimedia and content experiences which engage the user, from documents and photos to videos and podcasts.
These Syndicated Client Experiences (SCE) applications exploit the push capabilities of RSS in a model where content is synced down to the local computer and each application retains full control over the presentation of the content. Microsoft’s Sync Framework-based Subscription Center takes care of syncing, local storage, subscription management and the safe caching of authentication credentials. These building blocks and services are designed to help application developers focus on what matters to them most: providing an optimal, highly-differentiated content experience on the desktop with very rich content, branding, skinning and custom user interface elements.
More details can be found on Tim Sneath's blog.