I have been writing about RSS for about a year now and my vision for RSS is highly congruent with Microsoft’s. However I have only learned that this is true today, as I have seen Microsoft’s RSS strategy unfold. Whilst I am not surprised by the announcement I am relieved as I truly believe that making RSS a subscription protocol that supports many different application types will revolutionise the way we work, and make all of our lives just so much easier.
I can see Microsoft themselves going wild and RSS enabling everything, especially everything in Windows SharePoint Services, SharePoint Portal Server search, Windows event logs, Exchange Email and Calendars, Exchange Public Folders, Windows File Systems etc etc and the opportunities for an event driven interface to a myriad of business applications is mind blowing. In addition Microsoft make a good point that our feeds will also be a great source of information to the machine learning software that runs on our PC’s and acts as virtual agents on our behalf on the Internet, and will be even more powerful if they actually track which feeds we read. The potential for agents that really help us prioritise the information overload will be huge.
Please research this topic more, this is huge:
Dave Winer message of support
Some examples of potential subscriptions