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March 7, 2006

Microsoft acquires Onfolio

Posted by David Hunter at 9:38 PM ET.

Press release:

Today at the O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, Microsoft Corp. announced the acquisition of the assets of Onfolio Inc., a privately held, Cambridge, Mass.-based Internet research and information management provider. Onfolio’s technology has been incorporated into the Windows Live™ Toolbar to enhance the way people discover, save and reuse their personal and professional Web research. The new Onfolio Add-in for the Windows Live Toolbar beta will give people convenient ways to collect information online and organize it on their PCs. People can harness this information by saving it onto their computer so that it can be easily accessed for use in documents, e-mail messages and blog postings. In addition, new online information is easily discovered and accessed through Onfolio’s integrated Really Simple Syndication (RSS) aggregator and reader. The Windows Live Toolbar beta with the Onfolio Add-in is available now and can be downloaded at http://ideas.live.com.

Onfolio was founded by J.J. Allaire and others from the old Allaire Corporporation which created the extremely popular ColdFusion before being acquired by Macromedia. I’m an Onfolio user and, while it has a very functional RSS reader, where it really shines is in the filing and organization of Web content. I long ago gave up on trying to keep Web favorites/bookmarks organized and Onfolio is the best mechanism I’ve found. I’ll be interested to see how well Onfolio makes the transition, but it looks like Microsoft just landed with both feet on the RSS reader market.

Update: A partial retraction of the above. The announcement of the Windows Live Toolbar makes it seem that the RSS reader is going to be Web based and not a Windows client application like today’s Onfolio. This is going to require some clarification or hands-on testing to sort out, but not every application should be Web based. I guess I have a personal interest in Microsoft making the right choice in this case.

Update: He sighs with relief. Onfolio remains a standalone RSS reader accessed through a browser. Unfortunately, the requirement for the Windows Live Toolbar means that Firefox is no longer supported, and Windows Desktop Search is now used withing Onfolio instead of their own search, but other than that it seems much the same.



Filed under Acquisitions, Beta and CTP, RSS and Atom, Technologies, Windows Live, Windows Live Toolbar

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2 Responses to “Microsoft acquires Onfolio”

  1. Microsoft News Tracker » Microsoft launches new Live Search beta, more Says:

    [...] All of this, and particularly the spiffy new Live Search UI, will require some tire kicking to assess the value, but Microsoft is clearly putting some serious thought into these offerings. The Onfolio acquisition is mentioned in the immediately previous post. Filed under Beta and CTP, Windows Live, Windows Live Search, Windows Live Toolbar Listen to this article   [Permalink] [...]

  2. Microsoft betas blog authoring tool - Windows Live Writer -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] The Onfolio crew have been busy since being acquired by Microsoft. Not only has the Onfolio news reader and research tool become part of the Windows Live Tool Bar which shipped last month, but now they have introduced a beta of Windows Live Writer, a WYSIWYG blog posting tool. It seems to be a worthwhile enhancement of the blog posting capability that had originally been in Onfolio. You can download a copy here. [...]

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