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November 21, 2005

Microsoft adds Simple Sharing Extensions to RSS

Posted by David Hunter at 7:29 PM ET.

Microsoft CTO Ray Ozzie used a post on his blog to introduce the Simple Sharing Extensions to RSS that Microsoft is developing. A FAQ and a draft spec (released under a Creative Commons Attribute-Share Alike license) provide more details, but the basic idea is to extend RSS for bi-directional data flows so that disparate applications can share data, instead of the conventional publish/read flow of RSS.

And so we created an RSS extension that we refer to as Simple Sharing Extensions or SSE. In just a few weeks time, several Microsoft product groups and my own ‘concept development group’ built prototypes and demos, and found that it works and interoperates quite nicely.

We’re pretty excited about the extension – well beyond the uses that catalyzed its creation. It’s designed in such a way that the minimum implementation is incredibly easy, and so that higher-level capabilities such as conflict handling can be implemented in those applications that want to do such things.

At this point, various groups at Microsoft have begun to further develop their early prototypes to see what we can learn, and to ensure that the spec is sufficient. There’s nothing to announce right now in terms of which products will support the spec, when, and for what purpose, but people are experimenting with it and are intrigued. It’s time to bring the spec to you, so that you can do the same.

We’ve numbered the draft specification 0.9 because we have a good degree of confidence in its usefulness based on the prototyping that we’ve done thus far, but it’s certainly not a 1.0 and I would certainly caution against building anything ‘production’ on it quite yet.

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Filed under Executives, General Business, Licensing, RSS and Atom, Ray Ozzie, Standards, Technologies

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