CalConnect, CalDAV, Microsoft Interop Vendor Alliance, Novell

I have long contemplated the absence of Microsoft from CalConnectSM — The Calendaring and Scheduling Consortium, which has been around since December 2004.

The Consortium is focused on the interoperable exchange of calendaring and scheduling information between dissimilar programs, platforms, and technologies. The Consortium’s mission is to promote general understanding of and provide mechanisms to allow interoperable calendaring and scheduling methodologies, tools and applications to enter the mainstream of computing.

Microsoft have been involved, but they’re not Consortium members.

Today I learnt of the Interop Vendor Alliance. Here’s Microsoft’s announcement.

The Interop Vendor Alliance is a community of software and hardware vendors working together to enhance interoperability with Microsoft systems.

It’s early days for Microsoft’s Alliance, but what strikes me most is the disparity between memberships. The foci are different, true, but it’s remarkable that only one organisation — Novell — is a member of both the Consortium and the Alliance.

On Thursday of this week I’ll attend a seminar at which I hope to learn more about Apple iCal Server in the context of Mac OS X Server. In the meantime, there’s Darwin Calendar Server. All very impressive…

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