SSE (Simple Sharing Extensions) Will Finally Let Our Apps Get Along?

Microsoft has announced its proposed Simple Sharing Extensions (SSE) which is a very very simple protocol that takes RSS and makes it bi-directional:

“SSE defines the minimum extensions necessary to enable loosely cooperating applications to use RSS as the basis for item sharing—that is, the bidirectional, asynchronous replication of new and changed items among two or more cross-subscribed feeds.

For example, SSE could be used to share your work calendar with your spouse. If your calendar were published to an SSE feed, changes to your work calendar could be replicated to your spouse’s calendar, and vice versa. As a result, your spouse could see your work schedule and add new appointments, such as a parent-teacher meeting at the school, or a doctor’s appointment.”

If this were to be adopted by a few other key players (Yahoo, Google, et al) it could finally be the simple, extensible idea that gets all of our apps talking to each other no matter who wrote them.

Of course the motivations for having things not work together has always been a little bit stronger and when combined with the technical difficulty of doing so we have been left with what we have currently - a mess of incompatible apps.

Can SSE change that?

Crunchnotes:

“And, wow, is Microsoft starting to get with it. They’ve released it under Creative Commons license, the same license that covers the RSS 2.0 specification. Anyone can remix, tweak, and build upon the specification even for commercial reasons.”

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