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    The RSS Platform User-Agent String

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    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...
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    Windows Live Suite has lots of RSS goodness

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    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...
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    Simple Sharing Extensions spec updates

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    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...
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    RSS 2.0 Best Practices Profile draft released

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    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...
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    Reading feeds in Right-to-Left order

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    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...
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    Still Gone? Ok – got it!

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    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": ...
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    Windows Live Spaces goes RSS-crazy

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    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...
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    Feeds Plus: An Intern Adventure

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    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...
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    Feeds not updating?

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    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...
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    Patent Applications in the RSS space

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    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...
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    Enclosure Download

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    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...
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    Windows Vista and Feeds

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    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...
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    Thank you.

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    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...
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    Attensa for Outlook 2.0

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    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...
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    Saving and loading feed lists in IE7 using OPML

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    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...
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    MSR Asia: RSS Reading Habits Survey

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    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...
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    RSS Platform MiniSDK

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    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...
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    Securing feed enclosures

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    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...
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    NewsGator Desktop Sync in Beta

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    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...
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    More on Feed Security

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    Shortly after the SPI Dynamics presentation that sparked a renewed discussion on feed security in the community last month, James Snell developed a suite of tests (based on an earlier set by James Holderness ), and generously made them available quietly...
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    IE7 RC1 (for XP) released

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    In case you're one of the 12 people who read our blog and don't also read the IE blog , I thought I should mention that the first public Release Candidate of IE7 for Windows XP has been made available today. Read Dean's post on the IE blog for details...
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    Windows Live Writer Beta released

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    I think it's only appropriate to congratulate the Windows Live Writer team on the release of their Beta by posting this entry using the Windows Live Writer Beta itself. I've been using their internal release candidates for several weeks, and I have to...
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    Script in Feeds

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    You might have read the c|net article " Blog feeds may carry security risk " which summarizes the presentation given by Robert Auger and Caleb Sima of SPI Dynamics. The presentation points to potential dangers of malicious script embedded in feeds. This...
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    “Mom, I am on M-TV!”

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    MSDN TV that is. At the end of June MSDN TV published my episode on RSS in IE7 and the RSS Platform . It's 15min short and gives an overview including demos of the RSS lightweight reading experience in IE7, the RSS Platform and how publishers can enable...
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    RSS Platform Beta 3 Changes

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    Jane talked about reading feeds with ease in IE7 Beta 3. I want highlight what is new in the Windows RSS Platform in Beta 3. With the release of Beta 3, the Windows RSS Platform is now API complete . This means that, barring any serious bug that we...
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