Seems Microsoft has discovered RSS, and is going to put it in Longhorn.
Excuse me if I don’t leap out of my seat with excitement. OK, it’s true that this will mean that RSS reaches everyone (even those who don’t want it; imagine IT departments trying to lock that lot down.. will pr0n sites start RSS feeds?). True too that Microsoft didn’t really have much chance to put it into XP, unless through a service pack or a new release of its browser.. wait, it could do that! Release a new browser!
Oh, it’s going to do that. Hey ho. That’s going to be dramatic news to all those users of Firefox who’ve been getting notifications of RSS since, um, from the start.
Will Shipley (who I’ve only just discovered; how can you not like someone whose blog has the title “Call Me Fishmeal”? Yes? Literary allusion? Oh, suit yourselves..) is even more vicious, describing it as “Longhorn: Today’s Technology Tomorrow!“, saying that it seems to be a nice copy of Delicious Library.
The amazing thing is THERE IS NOT ONE INNOVATION IN THIS. 100% of the things in this screenshot are things we did first in Delicious Library, except for the über-ugly look of their shelves. That’s theirs. (And apparently you can view the BACK of the cover in theirs. Man, they are thinking OUTSIDE THE BOX!)
I’m amazed, yet appalled. Seriously, if there were ONE SINGLE THING in there that wasn’t a copy of us, I’d think maybe they came up with the idea on their own. But… exactly the same categories as we have? You couldn’t add any others? Like, say, software titles? I mean, you’re Microsoft, why would you not have a category for software? Oh, because WE didn’t think of it for you?
Zoom slider at the bottom? Couldn’t be anywhere else? Search field at the bottom? I mean, come on, guys. Sure, you moved the categories to the top, but, seriously. This is just embarrassing for you.
And an Apple employee is sort of pleased to have Microsoft copy the Safari syndication framework, which he worked on. “I’ve been Microsofted,” says Jens:
But as far as I can tell (I’m not going to install a WMV player to watch the demo) MS has just done a copy-and-paste of what we did. I guess my co-workers and I are supposed to feel flattered by this?
They couldn’t even innovate on the details of the layout. Compare the blurry photo-of-slide of Microsoft’s feed display with a similar blurry photo of Safari RSS from last year’s Apple developer conference. (Since that photo we added a search field at the top, making the resemblance even more spooky.) The main difference in the appearance is that MS had to bathe it in that unique gray boxy dorkiness of theirs.
Look, it’s not me being down on Microsoft. (Well, it sort of is, I guess.) I’m just collating opinions from people who are closer to the leading edge, I guess. Perhaps those people are never happy to be copied. Sorry, see their ideas innovated.
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