Why, Microsoft, why? That’s all I ask. Why must you continue to introduce proprietary technology in Internet Explorer?
Internet Explorer 8 Beta is now available for download and one of the new features is WebSlices. By adding a few specific class names to content blocks, IE will essentially syndicate the content.
<code><div class=â€hsliceâ€ id=â€1â€>
<p class=â€entry-titleâ€>item – $66.00</p>
<div class=â€entry-contentâ€>high bidder:buyer1
Using the above classes will generate content the user (or IE8 user) can subscribe too. Why not RSS? Is it because that’s compatible with other software, browsers, and readers. Microsoft wanted something that would just work for Internet Explorer.
Do they honestly thing any developer will support or use this? Hmm… let’s see… I can create a RSS feed for my content that anyone can use (even IE7 and IE8 users) or I can create the WebSlice just for IE8 users. The only use this will get will be from FrontPage/Expression users who do not know any better.
WebSlices behave just like feeds where clients can subscribe to get updates and notify the user of changes.
Please Microsoft, just make a good, fast browser for people to use. I was willing to admit IE7 was a step in the right direction. It’s fast and renders content relatively well and has good CSS support. It was only a matter of time before they had to go and ruin it.