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OpenID gets support

Saturday, 10 February 2007 microsoft openid technology

The distributed identity system, OpenID has received support from one of the most unlikely corners: Microsoft.

OpenID

If you’re not familiar with the OpenID system, I’ll just run over it now. With an OpenID ID you can login to a supporting site just by giving it your profile’s URL. In my case this is oli.thepcspy.com

That site sets a few variables and redirects you to your OpenID’s provider’s site where you enter your login information. The strength of this is:

Microsoft is spinning this power into CardSpace, their own identity system.

They could have approached the system from a competitive viewpoint but, based on the most recent announcements, it sounds like it’s going to marry together with OpenID to cover both usage segments.

This means OpenID has it’s first really mainstream high-profile supporter. If they carry on to implement this into their Live accounts, this should be an amazing amount of support and the other big account providers (Yahoo!, Google, AOL) would follow fairly quickly.