… and he’s just talking about connecting Outlook 2007 and Google Calendar!
Bottom-line: support for standards is necessary but not sufficient. Even when products comply with standards like iCal, people struggle mightily to use those products interoperably. Itâ€™s the conceptual barriers that get in their way. Itâ€™s really hard to figure out how a concept expressed in one system maps to the same (or a similar) concept in another system. To make that easier, technology providers will have to agree on more than just protocols and file formats. Weâ€™ll also have to work together to minimize conceptual clutter and normalize core concepts.
Good to keep this in mind as we move forward with integrating wildly different social change tools.