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All about RSS and feed technology at Microsoft and across the community

Last Build Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2008 22:57:00 +0000


The RSS Platform User-Agent String

Wed, 27 Feb 2008 22:57:00 +0000

On the IE blog, Eric Lawrence presented the User-Agent string for the beta version of Internet Explorer 8 which will be available later this year. The RSS Platform will also introduce an updated User-Agent string for use with the IE8 beta. For details on the RSS Platform User-Agent string in IE7 please take a look...

Windows Live Suite has lots of RSS goodness

Tue, 18 Sep 2007 03:02:35 +0000

A couple weeks ago, Chris Jones (VP on the Windows Live team) announced the new Windows Live suite. Included in this suite are two things of potential interest to readers of this blog: First, the beta release of Windows Live Mail -- a desktop email client like Outlook Express or Windows Mail for Vista. What...

Simple Sharing Extensions spec updates

Sat, 28 Jul 2007 14:01:29 +0000

You’ve probably seen the postings in the past on this blog about the Simple Sharing Extensions (SSE) for RSS. SSE was originally introduced by Ray Ozzie on his blog as a way to enable syncing items between different points on the web. We’ve recently updated the spec to support Atom feeds as well. I posted...

RSS 2.0 Best Practices Profile draft released

Tue, 05 Jun 2007 20:58:49 +0000

One of the great things about RSS is that it's being used all over the world in countless ways. Millions of sites publish RSS feeds and hundreds of products consume those same feeds. The downside of this popularity, however, is that with that many implementations, there's bound to be some variance in how and when sites implement...

Reading feeds in Right-to-Left order

Thu, 17 May 2007 17:37:00 +0000

In the last few weeks, we have got some questions about how to display the IE7 Feed View in RTL (Right-To-Left) reading order, which is used by several languages. The good news: we do have support for RTL. IE decides whether to show a feed in RTL reading order based on one of three things:...

Still Gone? Ok – got it!

Fri, 27 Apr 2007 02:28:00 +0000

Sam Ruby pointed out HTTP 410 GONE support in feed readers or rather the lack thereof. He links to the list of User-Agent strings that continue to request the feed that is gone. One of the entries points at the Windows RSS Platform as an "offender": Windows RSS Platform/1.0 (MSIE 7.0; Windows NT 5.1) It's...

Windows Live Spaces goes RSS-crazy

Fri, 20 Apr 2007 22:04:00 +0000

It's been quiet here for a couple months, but plenty of things have been happening in the RSS world. Most recently, Windows Live Spaces had an update (more at the Space Craft blog). Mike Torres, all-powerful lead PM on the Spaces team dropped me note to point out that they went RSS-crazy in this update,...

Feeds Plus: An Intern Adventure

Tue, 23 Jan 2007 23:41:00 +0000

Last summer, we had a couple of interns on the RSS team here in IE: Nate Furtwangler, a developer intern, and Chrix Finne, a Program Manager intern. Nate and Chrix both did an amazing job helping us to ship IE7 and Vista, and they also found the time to knock out a really cool project. Here's a...

Feeds not updating?

Mon, 08 Jan 2007 13:08:00 +0000

We've received some reports of users noticing that their feeds subscription stop updating after upgrades. Our investigations show that these tend to occur after upgrades from one pre-release build of Windows Vista to another version. If you're encountering this issue, first make sure that the feed URL is still valid by manually updating the feed...