Niall Kennedy has a blog post entitled Creating a feed syndication platform at Microsoft where he writes

Starting next week I will join Microsoft's Windows Live division to create a new product team around syndication technologies such as RSS and Atom. I will help build a feed syndication platform leveraged by Microsoft products and developers all around the world. I am excited to construct a team and product from scratch focused on scalability and connecting syndication clients and their users wherever they may exist: desktop, mobile, media center, gaming console, widget, gadget, and more. is the new default home page for users of the Internet Explorer 7 and the Windows Vista operating system. will be the first feed syndication experience for hundreds of millions of users who would love to add more content to their page, connect with friends, and take control of the flow of information in ways geeks have for years. I do not believe we have even begun to tap into the power of feeds as a platform and the possibilities that exist if we mine this data, connect users, and add new layers of personalization and social sharing. These are just some of the reasons I am excited to build something new and continue to change how the world can access new information as it happens

I spoke to Niall on the phone last week and I'm glad to see that he accepted our offer. When I was first hired to work in MSN Windows Live I was told I'd be working on three things; a blogging platform for MSN Spaces, a brand new social networking platform and an RSS platform. I've done the first two and was looking forward to working on the third but something has come up which will consume my attention for the near future. I promised the my management and the partner teams who were interested in this platform that I'd make sure we got the right person to work on this project. When I found out Niall was leaving Technorati it seemed like a match made in heaven. I recommended him for the job and talked to him on the phone about working at Microsoft. The people who will be working with him thought he was great and the rest has been history.

One of the questions Niall asked me last week was why I worked at Microsoft given I've written blog posts critical of the company. The answer to that question came easily for me, I told him that Microsoft is the one place I know I can build the kind of software and end-to-end experience I'd like. Nowhere else is there the the same breadth of software applications which can be brought together to give end users a unified experience. Where else can a punk like me build a social networking platform that is not only utilized by the most popular blogging platform in China but also in the world's most popular instant messaging application? And that's just the beginning. There is a lot of opportunity to build really impactful software at Windows Live. When I'm critical of Microsoft it's because I want us to be better company for people like me not because I don't like it here. Unfortunately, lots of people can't tell the difference. ;)

By the way, we are hiring. If you are interested in developer, test or program management positions building the biggest social computing platform on the planet then send your resume to (swap with


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