Microsoft to ruin RSS

By | December 25, 2006

As some of you may have heard Microsoft is trying to obtain a patent on receiving and searching RSS feeds. Is this going to ruin RSS as a feature. Or have they got something else in the working for the standard.

Let’s first explain what the patent request is all about. They are requesting a patent on the technique of displaying RSS feeds and searching in RSS feeds. If the patent is accepted it will mean all producers of RSS readers will have to pay royalty fees to Microsoft for using the technique described in the patent.

So if the patent is granted it will reduce the effectiveness and usefulness of RSS for web developers like me. What use is it to provide a RSS feed if everyone that wants to use it has to pay Microsoft for reading it. That’s not why I’m providing RSS for you guys.

Let me hear your thoughts on this…

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