Ray Ozzie is showing a demo of ‘Live Clipboard‘ here at ETech. It’s a way to copy structured (for instance, microformatted) data from a web page and paste it to another web service or desktop app while keeping the structure intact.
Some things this enables him to show:
– Copying an event from Eventful to your desktop calendar so it automagically gets placed in the proper date & time
– Copying your profile from MSN Spaces to Facebook, with the custom field for ‘location’ getting added to the profile
– Copying billing & shipping address information from the clipboard to an e-commerce site
This is going to significantly improve the Web-to-desktop app user experience. Here are screencasts of the demo. The work is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike.
Microsoft got itself one hell of a CTO when it acquired Ozzie’s Groove Networks last year.