Microsoft will support RSS (Really Simple Syndication) media feeds in its forthcoming Longhorn Windows operating system.
The RSS functionality in Longhorn is being designed to make it simple for end-users to discover, view and subscribe to RSS feeds, as well as for Windows developers to incorporate RSS capabilities into their applications.
In addition, Microsoft has announced the development of Simple List Extensions, a set of RSS extensions that let websites publish lists of media content – such as photos, music and top 10 lists – as RSS feeds.
Microsoft is making these extensions freely available via the Creative Commons licence, the same licence under which the RSS 2.0 specification was released.
“RSS is key to how people will use the internet in the future by automatically accessing the information that is important to them,” said Dean Hachamovitch, Microsoft general manager for Longhorn browsing and RSS. “We are investing heavily in RSS for Windows Longhorn to make it easy for users to discover, read and subscribe to RSS feeds.”