Niall Kennedy formerly of Technorati, announced that he is joining Windows Live to "create a new product team around syndication technologies such as RSS and Atom." Here's how you'll see this implemented as an end user:
I'll be working closely with the Hotmail storage team to make sure the platform scales and with the MessageCast Windows Live Alerts team to make sure you can customize how you receive new content. Microsoft Research already has a few projects focused on the blogosphere as well as research into new search and social networking techniques.
Niall is definitely a great asset to Microsoft, especially Windows Live, so hopefully they'll make good use of him. That said, Niall seems very keen to join as he's nearly got the internal mantra word-perfect and he hasn't even be forced to drink the kool-aid yet ;-)