Silicon Beat reports MSN is building an online RSS news aggregator. The project is an incubation experiment designed to test the application and generate user feedback. Bearing in mind it’s a work in progress the web based reader already shows lots of potential.
The interface is clean and snappy, incorporating MSN search integration. You can add your own feeds or choose from a list of popular feeds. The test site is located at http://start.com/1/ and another test application for an online bookmarks service can be found at http://www.start.com/2/. It will be some time before these projects reach maturity but it’s an interesting indication of Microsofts intentions, Start.Com playing a significant role.
Google on the other hand has been less obvious about RSS implementations even though it has added customization to it’s news service. This useful new feature lets you create your own news page but the RSS capabilities are still missing. See what Slashdot has to say on it.
You can find more new MSN technologies to try at the MSN Sandbox.
Update: Via ASP.NET Announcing Start.com
The cat is out of the bag. We have been working on a new personalized start page. We are essentially playing around with a number of different ideas trying to figure out which way to go. You can find this page at http://start.com/1/ or http://start.com/2/. Both Dave Winer and Scoble have linked to it. So I guess it is time for us to open it up for comments.
The idea behind these pages is to let you add what you want to your pages. We will also enable you to add bookmarks, your favorite searches, RSS and other modules.
What do you think of these pages? Which one do you like better?
Remember, these are prototypes and are not built to take heavy loads.
You can view a screencast about the projects created by Turker Keskinpala.