Steven Lees

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Steven Lees is a member of the CSA Concept Development Team at Microsoft.

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    FeedSync and Live Mesh

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    Congratulations to the Live Mesh team, who announced their Live Mesh Technology Preview release earlier this evening! Amit Mital gives a detailed overview in this post on http://dev.live.com . You can read all about it in the usual places...so why do...
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    FeedSync now covered by the Open Specification Promise

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    I've been talking to more people about FeedSync since I posted the v1 specification earlier this month. One common question people ask is about licensing terms for the spec, and what our thoughts are about FeedSync implementations. We've always made it...
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    FeedSync

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    Today we published the final v1 spec for Simple Sharing Extensions, under a new name, FeedSync. The new name is a little simpler than the old one (kind of ironic!) and it captures the intent pretty well. We also kicked off a new site today, http:/...
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    FeedSync Design Principles

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    There's been a good discussion for the past couple of days on the atom-syntax list about sync, mostly focused on tombstones. It's useful to know that our primary design point for FeedSync , as Joe Cheng points out, is around "mesh sync". That is, if you...
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    About a "by"

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    I was reviewing the spec comments that we received over the past few months on the SSE spec, and because there was a fair amount of feedback about the “by” attribute on sx:history, I’d like to explain where the spec ended up. Just to refresh your...
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    Simple Sharing Extensions in action!

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    Jon Udell has a recent post about the Microsoft Humanitarian Systems team and their use of SSE: ...one of the latter involved the use of Simple Sharing Extensions (SSE) , an extension of RSS, to synchronize location data between Google Earth and...
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    When to sync?

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    Now that we've posted the updated SSE spec to MSDN , one of the next things on my list is to discuss how SSE works. Before jumping in to examples, though, I wanted to address a more fundamental question: when does it make sense to use SSE? In my last...
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    Windows Live Writer: fun with spellchecking

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    I've been writing up a posting on when to use SSE, and I discovered that Windows Live Writer checks your posts for spelling as you're writing. You get those familiar red squiggly lines that you're used to from Microsoft Word. I guess I haven't been using...
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    Simple Sharing Extensions spec updates

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    I've received some great feedback on the Simple Sharing Extensions spec that I posted on MSDN last month. I'm working on updating the spec based on all of the comments, so I'm posting the proposed spec changes to the FEED-TECH list. I'll be rolling them...
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    SSE implementation on CodePlex

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    Daniel Cazzulino has posted an SSE implementation on CodePlex: the Simple Sharing Extensions for .NET project. Cool! I'm looking forward to checking it out.
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    Silverlight Streaming

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    One of the big announcements at MIX this year was Silverlight Streaming, which you can find at http://silverlight.live.com/ . I haven't tried it yet, but it looks pretty cool. The terms of use are listed at the bottom of the page--basically, while the...
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    Spec update for Simple Sharing Extensions

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    It's been a while in the works, but I'm happy to announce that we've update the specification for Simple Sharing Extensions . There are some pretty significant changes to this edition, including: We added an SSE binding to the Atom feed format....
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