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Are WebSlices the next big idea for Internet Explorer?

WebSlices are a new feature in Internet Explorer 8 that allows a user to subscribe to content within a Web page. It's basically a graphical feed for one portion of a page. A developer has to create a WebSlice and currently only a few Microsoft partners have WebSlices available, but that should change when IE goes mainstream.

WebSlices are a new feature in Internet Explorer 8 (IE) that allows a user to subscribe to content from within a Web page. A developer has to create a WebSlice, and currently only a few Microsoft partners have WebSlices available. I believe this will change as IE 8 goes mainstream. It could actually explode. I think it is very cool to have a graphical presentation of a feed.

If you are interested in creating WebSlices, you can download instructions on how to do so and begin developing them today.

Let's provide you with an example by starting off with a WebSlice-enabled search on eBay (Figure A).

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Figure A. WebSlice search

When results are returned, you simply hover over the picture and click the purple feed (Figure B).

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Figure B. WebSlice enabled

IE then asks if you want to subscribe (Figure C) to this WebSlice. Click Add to subscribe.

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Figure C. Subscribing to a WebSlice

Your WebSlice is automatically placed in the toolbar and you can click the button to see your WebSlice, as shown in Figure D and Figure E.

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Figure D. WebSlice

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Figure E. Viewing the WebSlice

When you are done with the WebsSlice, you can delete it by right-clicking on the feed in the toolbar and choosing Delete (Figure F).

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Figure F. Deleting a WebSlice

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