MIcrosoft Web Feeds

The next version of Internet Explorer will include a built-in RSS reader (like Firefox and Safari already do). Microsoft raised a bit of a stink the other day when it annnounced that it would not call them RSS feeds, opting instead for the term “Web Feeds”.

This actually seems like a smart move to me. Although everyone seems up in arms about it, how much different is this than Mozilla’s decision to use the term “Live Bookmarks” in its Firefox browser? The simpler, less “techy” a feature sounds, the more chance that normal people are willing to use it.

Microsoft defended its position the other day, replying to criticism by veteran blogger Dave Winer.

Having watched RSS blossom from a bloggers’ tool into a key component of rival browsers Firefox and Safari, Microsoft has embraced the technology, although its implentation will be known as Web Feeds.

With good reason claims MSN Spaces lead program manager Mike Torres in his blog, because Microsoft is adding additional functionality to the underlying RSS technology.

The only thing that I am unsure of is the “additional functionality” that is planned for IE7’s implementation of RSS.

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