When designing Accelerators for IE8, we had a number of scenarios in mind. We were pretty satisfied with the solution we came up with for IE, but we stepped back for a moment and asked, “do users really care which program they find an address in? If I’m browsing a document in Microsoft Word and find an address, isn’t the mapping scenario just as relevant?” We thought the answer was yes, so we created the Accelerator Platform for Windows 7(download). Once you explicitly call into the platform from your application, you have access to all the Accelerators that IE does, without having to worry about the underlying XML implementation. Microsoft has essentially made it easy for developers to add Accelerators to their Windows 7 applications, said Jon Seitel.