For years people in the computer industry have wrestled with the idea of sharing calendars. There are those in the business work who are almost addicted to the Microsoft solution of Outlook and an Exchange Server.
Most people who have taken the time to have conversations with organizations who have to pay the high tariff for MS's proprietary technology have been fervently rooting for some other solutions which can do a better job of addressing the inevitable cross platform issues.
I've long believed that it will be the web which comes to our rescue. Recently we were having a meeting with a potential partner/customer. Bill Boebel, our CTO, voiced the opinion that RSS might solve some of the calendar standards issues that have slowed the development of cross platform solutions. I thought it was a good idea but didn't expect to see an implementation. That changed when I went looking for a way to share vacation information with a student who is working for us.
I have played around with the Kiko's Web Calendar for at least a year and been impressed at times. I happened to stumble on a Kiko sharing feature that lets me share my calendar appointments by RSS. I turned it on and subscribed to it in my newsreader, NetNewsReader, and in my Webmail.us email account which also allows me to get RSS feeds directly by email.
I'm now a true believer in the potential for RSS to allow individuals to share calendars. In order to show the potential I have created a calendar with a few appointments in it in my ocracokewaves Kiko account.
If you would like to try it out, you can copy the location for the URL behind this link into your RSS reader.
I suspect you'll be as impressed as I am. I'm hooking this up with my iCal Calendar to see how that works. The Kiko Calendar can subscribe to my iCal Calendar.
Unfortunately Kiko doesn't publish the iCal subscribed events by RSS, so my seamlessly workable solution for what I need to do still isn't available. Nor can I edit the events that I have received from iCal. If there were a way to convert them to Kiko event I might be able kludge a solution.
I can add the Kiko RSS feed to Firefox and see all the appointments but the iCal ones there, and I can log into Kiko and see them all. Unfortunately Apple being the proprietary fortress that it is, iCal won't even take a feed from Kiko much less display it. Firefox also doesn't seem very happy trying to subscribe to the iCal feed since it isn't a RSS one.
As we move forward with our own shared calendar at Webmail, I'm confident Bill's vision will make it a lot simpler than three or four applications talking to each other and occasionally refusing to listen to one another. Kiko has show some of the potential of web calendars, I hope we can take it the rest of the way.