Ray Ozzie, now from Microsoft, gives the opening keynote of the morning.
RSS as the DNA of the future Web
Enables the weaving together of composite apps, much like people do on
unix with piping, or with GUUI apps using the clipboard.
But the Web is a bunch of silo’ed sites. We’ve done work with interchangeable
data formats, but where is the clipboard of the Web?
Why isn’t the clipboard for the Web the clipboard?
Demonstrates a new feature, Live Clipboard, which allows cutting and pasting of structured web data – he demonstrates copying calendar data from Eventful and pasting it into Windows Live Mail calendar – bridging data from one place to another. He shows this using Firefox instead of IE – I guess to make the point that it’s not an IE thing.
Now he demos putting feed data into the ckipboard. Clicks on a clip icon on a blog and pastes the feed url into Bloglines.
Next he shows clipping his current location data from his MSN Spaces profile (which it gets from his Wifi enabled Windows Mobile phone) into his Facebook profile – then he subscribes Facebook’s profile to an RSS feed of that data from MSN Spaces. Then he feeds that data into a map service, and subscribes the map service to the location feed of several folks.
Then he pastes that data into Excel, where it displays the structured location data in cells.
Finally he shows clipping thumbnail photo data from Flickr and pasting directly into Windows photo viewer, where it gets not only the thumbnail but the whole photo.
Ray asks for the community to get involved, and promises details will be posted on his blog.
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