Ray Ozzie has just blasted the web/desktop Berlin Wall to bits. Specifically, structured data bits that can be copied and pasted web-to-web application, or web-to-desktop application as easily as copy and paste. Ray is presenting today at ETech, O’Reilly’s Emerging Technology Conference.
This is a big thing, and it’s also a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike licensed thing.

I call this new concept Live Clipboard, because we view “live” efforts as those providing users with seamless end-to-end scenarios that “just work” by weaving together the best of software and the best of services.

Imagine being able to copy and paste data – whether it is in a desktop application or a web based application, as easily as copying text in Word or a TypePad blog editing window.
If other software companies – as well as Microsoft – adopt this way of handling data, it could Web 2.0 Web 2.0.
Definitely have a look at the screencasts on this page: watch usefully structured data be copied and pasted between different web sites, a web site and a desktop application (both directions).
For micro-ISV’s, I can see this opening up a whole slew of possibilities.

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  1. I’m still waiting to watch the screencasts, but one thing really struck me is he’s using Firefox!
    Ok, I have to say it looks pretty cool.

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