Microsoft showed off their newest web app at LeWeb yesterday. I've been fiddling with it for the last half hour, and Montage isn't what I was expecting.
My initial impression was that this was a response to Pulse. But it's not, really. Montage isn't designed to let you gather information better (like Pulse); it's supposed to let you share the information.
It's somewhat like paper.li, only with less automation and more laying content out by hand. I think it's intended to upset Wordpress and other blogging platforms. I don't think I'll switch to it, but I will continue to play with it and see if it gives me any ideas.
Here's a page I generated based on ereader as a topic. I didn't do any design; I just set it up on default. You know, if this could size itself to the window, Montage would be a great app to have on a tablet. Of course, then you'd have problems with the various screen geometries, but I think they could be overcome.
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:
"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."