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RSS Support For Internet Explorer “Inevitable”

ZDNet has an article suggesting that Microsoft’s latest moves towards RSS make an update to Internet Explorer “inevitable”. I’m not so sure how much I agree with that assessment.

Dan Farber and David Berlind, who wrote the article, say that “Microsoft’s growing endorsement of the Really Simple Syndication protocol (RSS),” as represented by the addition of RSS feeds of MSN Search results and RSS to MyMSN, will somehow force an addition of an RSS reader to Internet Explorer as part of an update to IE, something that hasn’t happened in a long time.

On the other hand, this is no trend. It is pure coincidence that both pieces of news came out on the same day (the MSN Search feeds were discovered, not introduced, and are purely for testing). The fact that MyMSN will now function as an RSS reader means Microsoft does not need to have an RSS reader; it can just point people at my.msn.com. While Microsoft has indicated it will be updating IE (finally) at some point this year, it is more likely that they will concentrate on updating security features.

The only voice at Microsoft that seems to agree with this proposition is Alex Barnett, who admits right up front that he has no contact with the IE team and no idea of their plans. MyMSN covers the RSS base quite nicely, and I’m not seeing an IE RSS reader. Of course, it could happen, but it isn’t as necessary as it might have been two days ago.

January 12th, 2005 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Internet Explorer, MSN, Applications | one comment



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