[news=http://img42.echo.cx/img42/2015/14016gq.gif]Microsoft thinks so and they're puttin' their money where their mouth is.
Gnomedex. It's an enigma to me as to why people keep coming back to this seemingly jubilant and colorful gathering of tech workers and enthusiasts when every year it reduces down to a room hot enough to melt steel and 300 sweaty men dying for the hope to see something new. Now, I can't exactly answer for the previous years but this year there was so much anticipation and electricity over the unveiling of Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) from Microsoft, that dare I say, it was worth the discomfort? When Dean Hachamovitch (hope I spelt your last name correctly Dean) got upfront of the massive projection of the Longhorn desktop, you could just feel the anticipation and glee fill the room and the presentation that for many was to be the unveiling of the next succession of the IE franchise actually turned out to be a full fledged declaration from Microsoft of their devotion to make the RSS format a fundamental core feature of Longhorn. Sure they showed us the fresh new design of IE7 but they showed one more thing: they showed exactly how dedicated and sincere they were to making RSS a fundamental feature in the next Windows OS and that they would do everything in their power to make it become beyond anything anyone could imagine it being today.
But why RSS? Why not make a competing format? Well, one reason why they say they didn't resort to fashioning their own flavor of RSS is because they want developers of all platforms to be able to develop for and around various Windows APIs. Another reason that makes a lot of sense, is that RSS is already a staple in online syndication today and that it would be a meaningless venture to offer a competing format against something so far developed and adopted. Makes sense? Sure. And for once Microsoft is taking a road lesser traveled by them before: inclusion. By adhering to a cross-platform syndication format as popular as RSS, they have a chance to earn the trust of developers which at most times are faint of heart when it comes to picking up and dealing with a new format for something when they have something perfectly fine already; I mean why throw out something is it isn't broken? Sticking with RSS also makes the level of compatibility "that" much wider and anything that makes compatibility easier also makes development easier.
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