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Notes from Gnomedex: Dean Hachamovitch from Microsoft

Notes on keynote from Dean Hachamovitch, GM, Longhorn browsing and RSS technologies at Gnomedex. (tag: ).

  • Self-effacing–shows a photo of the Microsoft campus as the Death Star.
  • Explains the history of syndication at Microsoft, including Active Desktop, Don Box, Scoble and then Channel 9.
  • Microsoft is trying to get on the Cluetrain–“we’re starting to get it”.
  • Feeds are everywhere.
  • Evolution of the web – Browse. Search. Subscribe (a new approach to the Web).
  • Subscription is powerful–just ask a Tivo convert.
  • In Longhorn, “we’re betting big on RSS”. Ensuring that RSS is easy, providing an RSS platform for developers (wants RSS everywhere), want to expand the purview (via extensions) of RSS.
  • Getting a preview of the Longhorn OS and IE 7.0.
  • IE knows the page has a feed, enables a button. User clicks the button and gets a preview of the RSS feed. Includes real-time search like OS X.
  • User subscribes to a feed similar to the way they add a favourite or bookmark.
  • Subscribe to RSS for search results at
  • Common feed store is part of the IE API–enables any app to access a user’s feed list. A common feed list that all applications can participate in.
  • An enclosure tag doesn’t discriminate–it handles any file type, not just podcasts. Think of feeds of content, as opposed to just videocasts or podcasts.
  • Nice calendar integration with RSS plus iCal enclosures with MS Outlook’s calendar.
  • Dean just burned Boris.
  • Dean’s managing a somewhat-antagonistic audience very well-he’s disarmingly witty.
  • They offering a rich platform for versatility in experiencing a photo blog or photo-based RSS feed. Looks dead sexy.
  • Feeds and lists are different–feeds are active, while lists are more static (e.g. the Top 10 list). Longhorn can handle lists–introducing a new tag.
  • Discussions of metadata extensions–how does the client know what to do with it? Some nifty sorting and data display based on the metadata–manipulation of the list by the user on the client. Extensions are being released under Creative Commons license. Got a little video message from Lawrence Lessig.

6 Responses to “Notes from Gnomedex: Dean Hachamovitch from Microsoft”

  1. Chris

    “IE knows the page has a feed, enables a button. User clicks the button and gets a preview of the RSS feed.”

    “User subscribes to a feed similar to the way they add a favourite or bookmark.”

    Sounds a lot like technology that firefox has had for a while. ;)

  2. Tristan Louis

    Have they publicized the url for the “Simple Feed Extensions” (or have they changed the name of the metadata to something else) yet?

  3. Jeremy Wright

    Tristan: It’ll be up at

    Except that in IE’s case it goes into a central repository so that whatever your reader is, it knows you’ve sub’d to a new feed. Much better than FireFox’s implementation, which locks you into using FireFox as the reader.

  4. AhBook

    Actually Jeremy, that’s technically true out of the box, but there are lots of Firefox extensions that let you change that. For example, I have changed mine to subscribe in Bloglines when Firefox detects an RSS feed.

    So I wouldn’t go so far as saying you’re “locked”.

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