Windows RSS Platform
The RSS functionality in IE7 is “powered” by the Windows RSS Platform. The Windows RSS Platform API encapsulates 3 main components: Common Feed List, Feed Synchronization Engine, and Feed Store.The Windows RSS Platform would be available for Windows Vista.It will also be available as part of Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2003 SP1 and Windows XP 64-bit.
The Windows RSS Platform is available to any application. The idea is that applications can utilize the Windows RSS Platform to become RSS enabled without having to re-implement basic RSS building blocks. This can significantly reduce the time and effort application developers have to invest in order to integrate RSS into their programs.
Here’s what the Windows RSS Platform provides for developers:
- Support for every major RSS and Atom format, as well as many popular extensions.
- Background scheduled updates.
- Support for server-friendly technologies like conditional GETs and RFC 3229 for feeds.
- Bandwidth-friendly enclosure downloads using Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS).
- API exposing a simple object model for feeds as well as direct access to the raw XML stream.
All of this functionality is available as shared technology as part of IE7 on Windows Vista and down-level. As a developer, including RSS support in your application can be amazingly easy.