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    Read Feeds with Ease in Beta 3

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    IE7 Beta 3 is here ! We’ve snuck in some goodies in the feed reading user experience based on your Beta 2 feedback (keep the comments coming!). We are feature-complete for feed reading in IE7, but we’re still looking for feedback to make tweaks and fixes...
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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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    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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    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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    User-Agent string

    We've received inquiries regarding the user-agent string that the Windows RSS Platform uses when making HTTP requests to servers. This is particularly interesting to services that provide statistics to their users indicating how many users are reading...
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    IE7 Beta 2 - Get it now

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    IE7 Beta 2 is now available for general download! Read Dean’s post to the IE blog for more details, or skip to the download here . For people who have downloaded the previews of Beta 2, you’ll find improved stability and a number of fixed issues in...
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    My Mix06 Talk: "Using the RSS Platform on Windows: Syndication Goes Mainstream"

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    Not too long ago I gave a talk titled "Using the RSS Platform on Windows: Syndication Goes Mainstream" at Mix06 in Las Vegas. While my talk was at 8:30am on the last day of the conference (and mind you it was in Vegas) it was much better attended then...
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    Niall Kennedy, Feed Platforms, and Services

    I, for one, am very excited to have Niall Kennedy join the Windows Live team and drive the development of an RSS platform . For one thing, it's great to have someone with a voice that is as well-respected as his joining Microsoft in any capacity. Just...
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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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    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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    Understanding Lists and SLE

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    Hey! This is Arvind. I am a Software Design Engineer in Test in the RSS Team working on among other things, the implementation of the Simple List Extensions in IE7 and the Windows RSS Platform. There have been a few posts on RSS in IE7 regarding the...
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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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    Feed Integration in Windows Live Mail Desktop Beta

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    Bryan Starbuck from the Windows Live development team blogged about the RSS feed support in Mail Desktop Beta . Their feed reading features are built on top of the Windows RSS Platform. That means you can read feeds in an email application that stays...
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    RSS Platform Screen Saver Sample

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    John and I have been working on a sample application using the Windows RSS Platform . It's a screen saver which displays the image of RSS posts that have image enclosures. The screen saver is based on the Visual Studio 2005 Screen Saver Starter Kit. We...
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    RSS at Mix06

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    A quick plug for Mix06 - it's coming up fast (Mar 20-22), so get registered quickly. In case you missed it, Mix06 is a conference that’s focused on Internet technologies so, not surprisingly, RSS will be there in force, with a bunch of sessions...
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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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    Wiki for feed discovery and feed rendering

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    Here's a wiki for you to report any problematic feed discovery and rendering issues: http://channel9.msdn.com/wiki/default.aspx/Channel9.InternetExplorerFeedIssues We've already gotten some good posts about feed rendering which we are actively investigating...
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    Windows RSS Platform ala carte

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    We just shipped the Windows RSS Platform with the IE7 Beta 2 Preview and questions about the RSS Platform are sprouting up . I wanted to address one of the most common questions first: how should applications can take advantage of platform? Within...
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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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    Part 3: Read and Manage Feeds

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    The feed reading experience in IE7 is meant to be lightweight and simple. We display the accumulated feed's contents in one scrollable view, like a webpage. This is great for news feeds and blogs where you want to scan the feed content to catch an interesting...
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    Part 2: Discover and Subscribe to Feeds

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    To get started with feed reading experience in IE7, you need to first find a feed and then subscribe to it. This post covers how to do just that. Discover We expect most users to encounter a feed through the Feed Discovery button located on the...
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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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    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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    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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    Naked Conversations

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    Congrats to Robert and Shel on the launch of their book, " Naked Conversations ." A couple of us from the RSS team dropped by his launch party in Seattle -- nice place, nice people. And a good book, too. If you're interested in the art and practice of...
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