Simple Sharing Extensions

By Deane Barker on November 23, 2005

Really Simple Sharing: Microsoft has released an “extension” to RSS called “Simple Sharing Extensions,” with the idea of making RSS two-way, so applications can sync themselves up. The first use is intended to be for distributed calendaring applications.

There are many great item synchronization mechanisms out there (and at Microsoft), but we decided we’d never get short term network effects among products if we selected something complicated — even if it were powerful. What we really longed for was “the RSS of synchronization” … something simple that would catch on very quickly.

There’s already a 0.9 spec and a FAQ.