Microsoft Making Significant RSS Move … Finally

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Wherever you can find a critical mass of geeks, product announcements are sure to follow. Take Gnomedex, now going on in Seattle and drawing attention far beyond the 300 or so participants. As we’ve already mentioned, Audible is making its podcast announcement there today. Microsoft, a conference sponsor, may be making the biggest splash with the company’s embrace of RSS. Dave Winer, credited with developing RSS, was invited to Redmond last spring to talk RSS and offers a sneak preview that includes plans to extend RSS to enable ordered lists, as well as integration of RSS into IE. List RSS has implications for e-commerce, among other aspects of online publishing. Winer wrote: “On Friday you’ll see how deeply integrated RSS is in the architecture of the browser. But that’s just the tip of what may turn out to be a very big iceberg.”
Meanwhile, Winer is debuting the OPML Editor, an application that takes makes it easier to tap into the powerful use of OPML aka XML for outlines. (According to Winer, OPML “allows exchange of outline-structured information between applications running on different operating systems and environments.”) I joined the test group earlier this week and I’m intrigued by the possibilities. He added a blogging module today. OPML can be used for lists, to share metadata, to work on group projects. It’s currently being used for podcast program notes and feed directories.
It’s going to take a while to move beyond geek status but Winer is predicting it eventually will be bigger than RSS. I’m not ready to go that far (yet) but you’re going to hear a lot more about this …

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