Whilst browsing through my feed subscriptions in Google Reader (highly recommended) today I came across an interesting article on Read/Write Web about microformats and “The Web Browser as an Information Broker” – i.e. becoming the centre of everything you do through standardising the exchange of data which in turn makes the applications that you use to view this irrelevant. For anyone who spends a lot of time online, this is a pretty big deal as suddenly your data becomes so much more useful when it’s interconnected and easily accessible. In essence, it brings structure to chaos – this can only be a good thing!
Could this be the Internet’s next killer feature (or perhaps the final death knell for IE)? For a more in-depth discussion on what this is all about check out this series of articles which provide a good introduction.