In his post entitled Google News and RSS Dave Winer writes

It's the same reason I'm not giddy withdelight that Microsoft decided to call their support of RSS "web feeds"

Considering that the support for XML syndication technologies in IE 7 includes both flavors of RSS (1.0 & 0.91/2.0) and Atom, I personally don't think it is a good idea to call the feature 'RSS'.

Then there's the fact that RSS does sound a bit geeky, after all most people call them web pages and web sites not HTML documents and domains.

Internet Explorer is used by hundreds of millions of regular folks not just geeks. The IE team is simply trying to make the feature approachable to end users.


Wednesday, August 10, 2005 7:28:13 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
I concur. Firefox calls them "Live Bookmarks", which I think is even worse.
Wednesday, August 10, 2005 7:32:10 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
"The IE team is simply trying to make the feature approachable to end users."

Which is much needed in the IT industry.
Wednesday, August 10, 2005 8:53:15 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
As an off-the-cuff remark, I wonder if calling the feature Winer Feeds would sate his ego? C'mon, its only on more syllable.
Thursday, August 11, 2005 6:48:23 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Why don't they just call them Channels? Isn't that was RSS is anyway?
annonymous coward
Thursday, August 11, 2005 11:34:47 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
It's another example of Dave's ego, not a "proper" complaint. Still, at least he's not insisting on gnu RSS, or RSS ATOM.

Thursday, August 11, 2005 6:38:47 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Well Safari still puts the little "RSS" button up in the address bar even though it pulls the ATOM feed first if it's available.
Friday, August 12, 2005 12:04:49 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
I've been lobbying people to use "web feed" over "RSS" for most of my six months in the blogosphere. Now Microsoft wants to eliminate one of my sources of pleasure. Oh well, I guess that's the price of success.

-- Jack Krupansky
Tuesday, April 4, 2006 12:38:17 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
I want mp3 player. What will advise?
Tuesday, April 11, 2006 5:05:29 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
To write the letter, it is necessary ...
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