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Microsoft & OpenID [Feb. 6th, 2007|09:54 am]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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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:


[User Picture]From: sbisson
2007-02-06 06:23 pm (UTC)

Sounds like Kim Cameron has made MS seen even more sense...
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[User Picture]From: whitaker
2007-02-06 06:24 pm (UTC)
Agreed. Rad.
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[User Picture]From: travisd
2007-02-06 06:52 pm (UTC)
I was quite suprised when Gates and Mundie announced this this morning.

I'm still busy trying to figure out where Bruce Schneier is sitting in the room though :)
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[User Picture]From: beckyzoole
2007-02-06 07:34 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! (And happy birthday!)
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From: j4k0b
2007-02-06 07:54 pm (UTC)
Wow. I thought Firefox supporting it was a big deal.
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[User Picture]From: bad
2007-02-06 08:19 pm (UTC)
did you ever think about thant microsoft did not really support this thing, and bill gates is about to buy and patent this technology for the future internet 8(
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[User Picture]From: foobarbazbax
2007-02-06 08:49 pm (UTC)
This is great news!

I've pitched OpenID around Sony. The response has been that Sony is part of Liberty Alliance. I'd be interested to see a comparison of the two.

btw, https://blogs.verisign.com/infrablog/2007/02/verisign_microsoft_partners_to.php is 404.
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From: ext_11995
2007-02-06 09:19 pm (UTC)

That's because ...

... it's moved to:

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[User Picture]From: dakus
2007-02-07 03:07 am (UTC)
I've been seeing it talked about all overs...congrats!
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[User Picture]From: ghewgill
2007-02-07 10:01 am (UTC)
Yay! 2007 is right on track to be the year of OpenID.
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[User Picture]From: makomk
2007-02-16 03:57 pm (UTC)
Hmmm... at first I thought it sounded good. Now, reading between the lines, it sounds like they're dangerously close pulling another "embrace and extend" in that some OpenID providers will require Microsoft CardSpace (pulling in Vista, IE7, etc) and some consumers will refuse OpenID logins not using CardSpace or a similar technology. (So to login to some sites using the new OpenID, you'll need a modified browser and an OpenID provider that explicitly supports your browser).
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