Feb 6

Brady Forrest

Brady Forrest

OpenID Gets a Boost From Microsoft


OpenID (Radar post) got a big boost today when it gained support from Microsoft. Open-identity company JanRain, Dick Hardt's Identity 2.0 company Sxip, and Verisign were also a part of the announcement.

As a part of the agreement, OpenID is going to focus more efforts on phishing (which they were already doing with the use of Personal Icons and SafeSignIn - Radar post). Microsoft will lend the assistance of Identity Architect Kim Cameron in this endeavor. Vista's Identity Manager Cardspace will support OpenID and OpenID will support Cardspace's Information cards. Also future Microsoft identity server products will support OpenID.

A set of infocards from MSDN
This is all great news. I wonder where it will lead us. Windows Live ID (formerly Passport) is still used on MSN and Live sites. Is this opening the door for OpenID on their sites? Yahoo! has allowed unofficial support, will Microsoft be the first big player to fully embrace OpenID on the web?

Here's the official announcement

Microsoft to Work With the OpenID Community, Collaborating With JanRain, Sxip, and VeriSign

JanRain, Microsoft, Sxip, and VeriSign will collaborate on interoperability between OpenID and Windows CardSpace(TM) to make the Internet safer and easier to use. Specifically:

* As part of OpenID's security architecture, OpenID will be extended to allow relying parties to explicitly request and be informed of the use of phishing-resistant credentials.
* Microsoft recognizes the growth of the OpenID community and believes OpenID plays a significant role in the Internet identity infrastructure. Kim Cameron, Chief Architect of Identity at Microsoft, will work with the OpenID community on authentication and anti-phishing.
* JanRain, Sxip, and VeriSign recognize that Information Cards provide significant anti-phishing, privacy, and convenience benefits to users. Information Cards, based on the open WS-Trust standard, are available though Windows CardSpaceâ„¢.
* JanRain and Sxip, leading providers of open source code libraries for blogging and web sites, are announcing they will add support for the Information Cards to their OpenID code bases.
* JanRain, Sxip and VeriSign plan to add Information Card support to future identity solutions.
* Microsoft plans to support OpenID in future Identity server products.

The four companies have agreed to work together on a "Using Information Cards with OpenID" profile that will make it possible for other developers and service providers to take advantage of these technology advancements.

Kaliya Hamlin, Identity Woman, will be doing a session on User-centric Identity Systems (including OpenID) and David Recordon (Verisign) will give a session on Implementing OpenID at the Web 2.0 Expo this April. JanRain CEO Scott Kveton will be speaking on OpenID at next week's IgniteSeattle.

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I was pleased to read the announcement that OpenID and Microsoft have teamed up. Read more about it here: http://radar.oreilly.com/archives/2007/02/openid_gets_a_b.html. This could be a significant partnership and a strong boost towards having an accep... Read More

Comments: 6

  csven [02.06.07 01:22 PM]

Good to see OpenID getting some love.

  john [02.06.07 01:43 PM]

well that should about kill the effort

  davidm [02.06.07 02:17 PM]

I love it, From what I've seen openid is all about community and open communication, MS's examples are about selling cars, credit cards, and whatever that fetish guy is all about. Classic.

  Jesse Robbins [02.07.07 08:39 AM]

Sxip did a wonderful thing when they made Simple Extensible Identity Protocol (SXIP) and Digital Identity Exchange (DIX) part OpenID 2.0. It's great that they have built so much momentum in such a short time.

Microsoft's support of this standard will greatly increase it's adoption, providing the many benefits of OpenID for as many people as possible.

I'm hoping to use OpenID for member authentication for the Black Rock Federal Credit Union, and I think this will be a very important transition for the Credit Union industry as a whole.

  Henrik [02.07.07 08:40 AM]

Or perhaps they are just piggybagging on the talk to get a little promotion of their own solution. Classic MS tactics.

  Phil B [02.24.07 12:29 PM]

Microsoft knows what they are doing, i guess.

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