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Hold up! Before you read on, please read this...

This post was published more than 13 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. Not everything that is old is bad. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have mellowed and matured.

But given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views might very well have changed in the 13 years since I wrote this post. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find pretty embarrassing today.
  • This post might use language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate or offensive.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken; embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

Microsoft are to equip Longhorn with RSS functionality. That is a very good idea, with no end of incredibly useful applications:

For example, if you go to a conference, your calendar schedule could be continuously updated by a web feed, or you could have a regularly updated list of the top 20 downloads from a music site. Grandparents could have a screensaver auto-updated with pictures of their grandchildren as the parents post them to a photo-sharing site, or a “live” version of their kids’ Amazon wish-lists.

It’s important, though, that Microsoft do this well. If they try and restrict use, or don’t use enough imagination to enable ideas like those above to be implemented, then the value is lost.

Microsoft aren’t too good at this kind of thing. They don’t like relinquishing control. But I can hope that the leopard has changed its spots, and that Longhorn will bring a very innovative operating system from the behemoth.

And I don’t think I’ve mentioned to date (despite my best intentions) the news that the first IE7 beta is due relatively soon. Which I happen to think is also good news.

So that makes two reasons to be cheerful… at least for now

This 660th post was filed under: News and Comment, Technology.

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