MSN RSS portal prototypes...

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  1. NetRyder

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    These have been out for the last couple of days. They're still incubation projects (aka prototypes) so they're still quite barebones, but there's some nice use of JavaScript to get really clean and fast-loading pages.

    The first one supports Firefox. The second is IE-only for now, but Fx support is coming soon.

    http://www.start.com/1/
    http://www.start.com/2/

    I thought the first one was especially interesting. Once they get authentication in place (so that I can login from anywhere and have all my feeds available), and OPML import/export, I might actually consider moving over from Bloglines to this as my feed-reader. I really like the interface. It's clean and slick (very Google-like). Let's see what else they come up with. :)
     
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    An example screenshot :)

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  3. Grandmaster

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    Hmm, nice find, and I agree, very clean looking indeed!
     
  4. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    I'm lost, what am I looking at here? Basically MSN are testing (unofficially) a new clean google-esqué portal for their service?

    And the fun stuff only works on Win32IE?

    This is all I see
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  5. NetRyder

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    http://www.start.com/1/ (your second screenshot) is the more interesting one. It should have a little "show" link at the top-left, which opens up the RSS reader section. Works in IE and Firefox.
    Try opening up the page in Fx. It should work. :)
     
  6. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Aha. Viewing in Fx does make it slightly more impressive. I'll be awaiting the Safari support.



    wonder how long I'll be waiting :p
     
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    Looks pretty nice, I still don't understand whats this about. Just a new thing from msn or?
     
  8. NetRyder

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    Read more about RSS here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS_(protocol)

    That should make things a little more clear. As I said earlier, this is a prototype project for a central web-based RSS reader (similar to Bloglines) - something that'll possibly see the light of day sometime in the future.