I got an anonymous tip from somebody. So don’t take this as a leaked info. or anything. There’s a possibility it’s not real. Plus, I don’t even have screenshots to show. 😦
So anyways, coming in 2008 is supposedly Windows Live Reader – a program that’s suppose to be able to display any RSS feeds, documents, spreadsheets, eBooks, and possibly online newspapers, and e-mails. Maybe even anything with subscriptions (user-made). Sort of like a Google Reader, but more.
There’s a desktop version (of course) and a web-based version.
Microsoft might be buying NewsGator to help accomplish this task. NewsGator appears to have small friendly ties to Microsoft with practically the best RSS reader for Windows (not Mac), work with SharePoint 2007, and RSS add-on for Outlook. All appear to be free. So obviously, considering that NewsGator has pretty good ties with Microsoft products, an acquisition from Microsoft wouldn’t be too surprising.
So here’s some "unconfirmed" speculation about it:
- Can display Kindle eBook content via partnership with Amazon
- Contain Silverlight/WPF
- Might read all Microsoft Office formats – for those unlucky enough not to have Office
- Be available mobile
- Ability to display title link, short excerpt, or even the whole thing (including all pics, videos, Flash parts, etc.!)
- Subscribing and adding is as easy as 1-2-3
- Imports IE7 RSS feeds, Outlook Feeds, or any other currently used feed service on user’s computer
- Able to export to any other possible feed service
- Podcasts! Ability to subscribe and view on WLR as well.
- Sharing feature – share feed(s) with contacts or whoever via e-mail/WLM
- Dynamic inline search
- Keyboard shortcuts
- Metadata (tags) support
- Possible extension of WLR to Xbox 360 to view on a big screen?
- Folders – duh
- Video subscriptions via MSN Video?
- Possibility of small text ads
So just that you know, these are some ongoing details of what could be in WLR. Hopefully it’s as easy to customize, have a good UI, and do add-ons/extensions.