Ed Brill's blog covers how the upcoming release of Notes will include a native feed reader.
A couple of weeks ago, Mary Beth Raven previewed the Notes 8 sidebar feature. This was probably the first place IBM publicly noted that the Notes 8 client will include an RSS feed subscription capability. In her entry, Mary Beth noted that for beta, there are a few Notes-related feeds pre-populated. I've just started exploring this feature today, reminded to check it out both by co-presenting with Mary Beth last week at Admin/Developer 2006 Europe and also by the 40% increase in RSS traffic my blog has had since beta 1 was released.
Source: Ed Brill
What's not entirely clear though (adding this to my queue to look into) are the following questions:
- Does this native feed client support Atom feeds as well?
- I assume the feeds plug-in will work in Sametime 7.5 as well?
- Does the feeds plug-in interoperate with the Windows RSS Platform? If so, at what level (common feed list, download manager, storage)?
- Is there import/export support for OPML?
- Are read/unread marks managed across the various Notes clients (e.g., I read a feed on my PC and then it is marked read on my mobile Sametime)?
- Where are the feeds stored locally?
- Are feeds updated during replication (server aggregates feeds and funnels them to the client) or on their own schedule (client goes direct to source)?
- If so, then how can administrators "salt the interval" to ensure that everyone does not go after feeds at the same time (IE7 has its own way of solving this problem)?
- If the plug-in goes direct to the source, what type of support is there for secure feeds? How does it handle malformed feeds? How does it integrate with security tools (anti-virus, malware) or support controls to block download of certain file extensions? How is de-duping handling (multiple updates to feed items that might have already been read)? Does it support the RSS 2.0 TTL tag (time to live)? Does it use Delta Encoding in HTTP to support incremental feed updates? What type of compression is used for feed items (e.g., podcasts)?
The good news, a native feed reader is a "must" for Notes 8. The devil though is in the details - people will experience feeds in a variety of ways and some of the above items (integration, security) are critically important.