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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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    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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    Events in VB.NET

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    We’ve been getting a few questions on how to use RSS Platform events in VB.NET. The problem faced by most inquiries was the fact that the interface returned by the GetWatcher() method call couldn’t be cast to the FeedFolderWatcher or FeedWatcher type...
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    Microsoft Feed API documentation

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    As I discussed earlier , the Windows RSS platform (common feed list, synchronization engine and feed store) exposes all of its functionality to any application. These APIs are known as the Microsoft Feed APIs, and the documentation is now live on MSDN...
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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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    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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    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 RSS Publisher's Guide, Part 1: Feed Auto-discovery

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    Today is the first installment of the Windows RSS “Publisher’s Guide.” Over the development of the RSS features in Windows Vista, we’ll post regular features on what RSS feed publishers need to do to properly integrate with IE. In general, these will...
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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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    Part 1: Hello feeds

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    Hi, I'm Jane. Everyone I know spends their free time browsing the internet… whether it’s catching up on the news, reading friends’ blog, or looking for that perfect web deal, book, person. But scanning a site to see what you’ve read versus what’s new...
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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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    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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    “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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    Now on Video: "Using the RSS Platform on Windows - Syndication Goes Mainstream"

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    All Mix06 talks have been made available on video for anyone to watch at http://sessions.mix06.com/ This includes the keynote by Bill Gates as well as my talk about the RSS Platform ( ppt , zip ) which I summarized a few weeks back. Enjoy! -Walter...
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    Publisher's Guide Update with MIME Detection

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    We’ve updated the Publisher’s Guide ( http://blogs.msdn.com/rssteam/articles/PublishersGuide.aspx ) with how IE7 detects if a file is a feed. If you publish feeds, make sure that your site’s feed is detected and readable in IE7. If a user browses to...
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    Windows RSS Platform

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    Hello, Walter from the land of IE Program Managers here. 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...
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    Book talking about the RSS Platform

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    Last month, I reviewed the chapter about the Windows RSS Platform in Dave Johnson ’s upcoming book RSS and Atom in action . According to his blog post , it’s set for publication in mid-June after which you should be able to pick up a copy. We’re looking...
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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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    SSE Update and Tutorial

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    SSE Update I’d like to thank the community for providing valuable feedback on the SSE spec through the FEED-TECH mailing list. We’re learning a lot from you, and appreciate your questions, comments, suggestions. Based on the feedback we’ve received...
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    The little rss icon - what makes it glow?

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    About once or twice a day, we get an email from someone asking why it is that IE 7 isn't detecting an RSS feed on a particular page that clearly has a feed associated with it. Usually, this means that there's an RSS or XML button somewhere on the page...
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    Windows RSS Platform Download Engine

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    I wanted to take a couple of minutes to describe how the RSS Platform's download engine works. The behavior can be of interest to feed publishers who might be concerned about scalability as well as to developers and individual users who want to understand...
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    Speaking of icons...

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    Michael Affronti , program manager for RSS features in Outlook 12 has been blogging recently. He has some icon news also. I'm equally excited to announce that Outlook 12 will be using the same icon to represent RSS throughout the product. We are...
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    Simple Sharing Extensions for RSS and OPML

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    It’s nice to connect. I’m Jack Ozzie, development manager for Ray Ozzie’s concept development group. Besides being brothers, Ray and I have worked together for several years now developing and shipping software products with some amazingly talented development...
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    Simple List Extensions - Spec update

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    As promised, I've posted a local (draft) version of the updated Simple List Extensions 1.0 (which we're mirroring on this site while we get the MSDN site updated) as well as a companion document ( SLX Explained ) with samples, examples, and more detailed...
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    Simple List Extensions in action

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    Last summer, at Gnomedex 5.0, we announced the Simple List Extensions (SLE), which allow RSS and Atom feeds to be marked up with new tags that allow sorting/filtering and what we call "list semantics." There’s been a lot of feedback from the community...
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