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Microsoft goes OpenID, sort of

At yesterday’s PDC, Microsoft announced that Windows Live would become an OpenID supporter.  The service will now issue OpenID’s for users, allowing them to log in to any web site that is OpenID enabled.  Calling it the defacto standard protocol for Wed user authentication, the company has committed to let Windows Live users create and use OpenID’s for use on other sites.

When, Microsoft, will I be able to use my OpenID to log into a Microsoft site?  After all, the promise of OpenID is a “free and easy way to use a single digital identity across the Internet”.  It’s just not that interesting to have a Yahoo! OpenID, a Microsoft OpenID, and a Google OpenID, if you get my drift.

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  • Aswath Rao October 28, 2008, 7:10 am

    OpenID ss a “free and easy way to use a single digital identity across the Internet” is a false promise. I know that is what OpenID establishment is advertising. The real promise is that RPs can outsource authentication to third parties (not any and all). NOBODY can take away authorization capability from RPs; if OID folks insist then the adoption rate will linger.

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