Patent Applications in the RSS space

It’s always fun when a story hits the blogosphere while you’re stuck on a plane. 🙂 This will be short, because I’m connecting over a 14.4K modem line (I have the deepest sympathy for folks who still do this every day!), but I just want to say a few basic things about the RSS-related patent applications mentioned in…

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Enclosure Download

A while ago I posted details about the RSS Platform Download Engine. That post focused on downloading of feeds, but did not include additional details on enclosure downloads.    Enclosures are, as most readers know, files that are “attached” to items in an RSS feed. Typically, a publisher will include a reference to a…

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Windows Vista and Feeds

As noted pretty much everywhere on the web, Windows Vista launched (for businesses) last week. Windows Vista includes IE7 and the Windows RSS Platform, and is therefore the first Windows operating system to ship with built-in support for RSS (and the first OS of any kind to have RSS support built-in as a native platform component). Windows Vista…

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Thank you.

It’s been a hectic week. Between getting thrown in a fountain (that’s my boss, Group Program Manager of IE, but almost everyone went in at some point), and being filmed for Channel 9 video (say hi to Arvind, Will and Cindy, about half of the RSS test team), I forgot to post a note here. But, I…

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Attensa for Outlook 2.0

The folks at Attensa make a slick RSS aggregator that integrates with Outlook and provides a River of News-style view with priortization based on what feeds you use the most. Not too long ago, they released version 2.0 of the Attensa for Outlook product. Along with a ton of other great features, it includes synchronization with…

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Saving and loading feed lists in IE7 using OPML

One question we get asked occasionally is: How do I back up my feed list? Well, it turns out that there is a standard way to save a feed list in a single file for backup or other purposes. It’s called OPML, and IE7 supports importing and exporting feed lists via OPML. Here is the step-by-step…

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MSR Asia: RSS Reading Habits Survey

What better way to spend a Friday afternoon (Redmond time, at least), than by filling out a quick 8 question survey on your RSS reading habits, hosted by the MSR Asia Center for Interactive Design? Even if you don’t take the survey, the results will be publicly available on Oct 20th (and there’s even a results…

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RSS Platform MiniSDK

Have you wanted to use the Windows RSS Platform from C++? Unlike managed code or script there is no simple way to create header files with the declaration of the IX.. interfaces which are designed for use from C++. Of course the msfeeds.h header file is included in the Windows SDK. If you are hardcore…

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Securing feed enclosures

Greetings, I am one of the developers on the RSS team, and to complement Sean’s and Walter’s recent postings on feed security, I would like to talk about one topic that didn’t get as much attention in recent discussions on feed security as perhaps it should have – feed enclosures. Enclosures are files “attached” to…

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NewsGator Desktop Sync in Beta

Earlier this year at Mix06, Greg Reinacker and I did a talk on the RSS platform, during which he demo’d tool to synchronize the RSS platform state with NewsGator Online. Yesterday, Nick Harris announced that the sync app, now known by the name of “NewsGator Desktop Sync” has gone into beta, and is available for…

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