The IE blog posted some interesting RSS / Windows info this morning:

"You might have seen or read about the RSS functionality in the user interface of IE7 Beta 2 Preview. There is a bit more to it then just letting users subscribe and read feeds from the IE7 user interface. The RSS functionality in IE7 is "powered" by the Windows RSS Platform. The Windows RSS Platform API encapsulates 3 main components: Common Feed List, Feed Synchronization Engine, and Feed Store."

The cool news is that the Windows RSS Platform will be available:

  • on Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2003 SP1 and Windows XP 64-bit
  • as part of IE7 on Windows Vista
  • to any application and become 'RSS enabled' without having to re-implement basic RSS building blocks

More details here.

Update: Matt Terenzia spots the OPML potential:

"Common Feed List looks really cool for the OPML community. It allows you to share your Feedlist among apps and computers locally or across the web!
We’ll see."

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