Webslices appears to be a great product but I am not able to give examples or explain it very well, mostly due to a surprisingly tight lipped Microsoft. I am not sure why they wouldn’t want to help developers understand their product more.
I requested an interview via a Microsoft contact, and even though I specifically sent the request to a Microsoft employee at a Microsoft email address, I received a response from Waggener Edstrom, who are apparently representing Microsoft (who is one of their larger clients) in this matter. They said “We aren’t able to provide an interview at this time“.
Weird. I would think they would want to promote their new products.
Gee, I wonder why Microsoft developers tools aren’t taking off like wildfire
In any case, Microsoft has some great products that have enormous potential. Popfly is great and WebSlices has the appearance of being a game changing product, I like it alot, and will try to give some examples of it’s potential soon.
The webslices product and the IE product are thus far causing many errors and doesn’t really appear to be ready for prime time. Even their examples are causing me and some of my product testers computer crashes, and errors.
I would love to speak to someone in Microsoft about this as it is honestly the most interesting and timely thing I have seen Microsoft release. It has a very real potential of competing with Google gadgets (if they actually talk to developers about it).
To learn more about developing Web Slices, go here and download the kit to get you started. I am as excited about Web Slices as I was about Google gadgets, but it is very disappointing to me that I can’t get some info from Microsoft, and I hope that changes.