RSS and the Developer

By Steve Gillmor  |  Posted 2004-03-08 Print this article Print

Community"> Gillmor: And this will be one of them? Schwartz: I definitely think it will. Rich Green (Vice President of Sun Developer Tools and Java Software) really gets developers, and his point is: You have to understand. Developers dont buy things, they join things. Thats the epitome of our developer strategy. Give them a community to join.
Gillmor: Given that, when will we see some code coming from you that essentially makes it more difficult for Microsoft to ignore RSS?
Schwartz: We have to have that strategy ironed out by the time we announce the developer desktop, which Im hoping will be within the next few months, certainly not the next few years; this is a this-year activity. And there is already so much innovation occurring in the RSS community —the number of articles written on RSS today is staggering. Everybodys talking about it. Theres Java readers, Mozilla add-ons, Ampheta… The issue of when we will make a decision about what we will include in the desktop will be in the same time frame as when we announce our developer desktop. Gillmor: So its a resource issue. Microsoft also has a problem with dedicating resources because it effectively destabilizes Office--Outlook… Schwartz: The impediment to moving someone off of Outlook is that everything in Outlook is exactly as they understand… Gillmor: Why move them off of it. If its RSS youre moving it into a technology. Schwartz: Step One for us is making sure that an Outlook user is comfortable. Step Two is then introducing innovations that they cant get in Outlook. Check out eWEEK.coms Messaging Center at for more on RSS, IM, and other collaboration technologies.

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Steve Gillmor is editor of's Messaging & Collaboration Center. As a principal reviewer at Byte magazine, Gillmor covered areas including Visual Basic, NT open systems, Lotus Notes and other collaborative software systems. After stints as a contributing editor at InformationWeek Labs, editor in chief at Enterprise Development Magazine, editor in chief and editorial director at XML and Java Pro Magazines, he joined InfoWorld as test center director and columnist.

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