Microsoft to adopt Firefox's RSS feed icon

By Derek Sooman on December 19, 2005, 1:03 PM
In IE7, the next version of Microsoft’s web browser, the company will adopt Firefox's RSS feed icon, effectively making the orange square with white radio waves the industry standard. In what seems like a welcome sign of future co-operation to come between Microsoft and Mozilla, representatives from Microsoft took a trip down to Mozilla's Mountain View offices to work out a deal.

"We all agreed that it’s in the user’s best interest to have one common icon to represent RSS and RSS-related features in a browser," the Microsoft team wrote. The team had said in October that it would design an original RSS icon.
Similarly, the next version of Outlook e-mail client (its 12 incarnation) will also use the orange icon.




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Bartzy said:
It's a good and bad idea at once. On one hand, it will be easier for users, because there will be less difference between the programs. On the other hand, Microsoft does not want to share and give anything to the open source community. So if it takes something, they will not bring anything in return. Anyway, Mozilla is far better than IE6. IE7 will need a big change to get close to Firefox.
DragonMaster said:
It will still make part of Windows so it will still be bad.
PanicX said:
The quality of IE7 aside, I can't help but feel all warm a fuzzy that Microsoft is trying a new and improved approach to its product developement. To actually set aside corporate powerhouse ideals and think to create a product thats best for the consumer is leaps and bounds ahead of their normal development strategy. Add to that the attempt to conform to industry standards and I'm starting to get choked up.
phantasm66 said:
Hehhehehe maybe Firefox will wind up becoming IE8!
poertner_1274 said:
[b]Originally posted by phantasm66:[/b][quote]Hehhehehe maybe Firefox will wind up becoming IE8![/quote]How dare you say that :p
Bartzy said:
[b]Originally posted by phantasm66:[/b][quote]Hehhehehe maybe Firefox will wind up becoming IE8![/quote]Get your words back, Quick ! Quick ! No one should over see this :)Microsoft will have security problem it had on IE6 in IE7/8/9/10 As well. That's Microsoft, accept that. Firefox doesn't have tenth of these problems and is fixing problems and developing features constantly.Firefox != IE. Never :)
Subservient said:
[b]Originally posted by phantasm66:[/b][quote]Hehhehehe maybe Firefox will wind up becoming IE8![/quote]Actually, I support this idea. This is the first phase. Why wouldn't Microsoft like to buy out another one of it's competitors?
DragonMaster said:
[quote]Actually, I support this idea. This is the first phase. Why wouldn't Microsoft like to buy out another one of it's competitors?[/quote]It's gonna turn in a Sygate Personal Firewall.
mofoed said:
At least MS is not being a complete bully in this instance, so I think its a good idea if they are looking out for the end user. Hopefully they can continue this trend somehow. But I will stick to Firefox for now.
mentaljedi said:
They'll try to be nice and then go for the kill and buy up all Mozilla's shares.Gates: HAHAHA!!!!Betting Community: You owe me 10 dollars.Fire fox user: Darn! Here you go! (Gives money)
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