February 6th, 2007

belize

Microsoft & OpenID

So Bill Gates just announced earlier this morning (while I was sleeping in / recovering) that Microsoft is supporting OpenID.

When I made OpenID, I intentionally left the method of authentication undefined. (feature, not a bug!)

Now people ask me what I think about Microsoft supporting it, using their InfoCards as the method of authentication.... I think it's great! So far I've seen Kerberos integration for OpenID, voiceprint biometric auth (call a number and read some words), Jabber JID-Ping auth, etc.... all have different trade-offs between convenience and security. But as more people have CardSpace on their machines, users should get both convenience and security. (sorry, I'm not totally up on all the details... just seen demos....)

Anyway, I and others at Six Apart are thrilled to see Microsoft supporting OpenID. Kudos!

Other news from the blagosphere:
http://www.identityblog.com/?p=668
https://blogs.verisign.com/infrablog/2007/02/verisign_microsoft_partners_to_1.php
http://kveton.com/blog/?p=221
http://www.sxip.com/newsitem-microsoft_openid_community_sxip_janrain_verisign
http://netmesh.info/jernst/Digital_Identity/cardspace-openid.html

http://yro.slashdot.org/yro/07/02/06/2152214.shtml