Ray Ozzie's Simple Sharing Extensions get a new lease on life

Summary:In late 2005, Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie was championing a new technology called RSS Simple Sharing Extensions (SSE). Since then, there have been almost no public updates from Ozzie or anyone else at Microsoft on what was happening with SSE. Until this week, that is.

In late 2005, Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie was championing a new technology called RSS Simple Sharing Extensions (SSE).

Since then, there have been almost no public updates from Ozzie or anyone else at Microsoft on what was happening with SSE. Until this week, that is.

At an invitation-only event at Microsoft, known as Mix-N-Mash, Microsoft officials discussed what has become of SSE. LiveSide.Net, which is at the event, has a good summary. LiveSide said:

"Microsoft announced a new Windows Live service that enables the sharing of data through standard web feeds such as RSS and Atom: FeedSync. The specification is now available to developers from http://www.feedsync.org/ under a Creative Commons License."

As LiveSide explained:

"What makes the FeedSync specification useful is that it as well as enabling data inputs from multiple devices/locations at the same time, it is designed to resolve any conflicts that may come about as a result."

The newly named FeedSync service is now in beta and is a Microsoft Live Labs project. (LiveLabs is the Microsoft organization comprised of Microsoft Researchers and Windows Live services experts.)

Anyone interested in giving the newest Microsoft Live service a try? To what kinds of uses could you putFeedSync?

Topics: Windows, Browser, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software

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Mary Jo Foley has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications, including ZDNet, eWeek and Baseline. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008). She also is the cohost of the "Windows Weekly" podcast on the TWiT network. Got a tip? Se... Full Bio

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