Feeds

Microsoft! snuggles! with! Yahoo! on! OpenID!

Shared bank accounts next?

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Call it co-incidence or call it necessity, but Microsoft has jumped on-board a Yahoo!-backed initiative to give internet users a single digital identity.

Microsoft is joining systems and internet rivals IBM and Google by becoming a full corporate board member of the OpenID Foundation. Also signing up are VeriSign and Yahoo!, the latter last month pledging its support for OpenID from the end of the month.

Corporate-level membership of the OpenID Foundation comes just a week after Microsoft launched its hostile $45bn takeover bid for Yahoo!. Yahoo! has some 400 million internet users with accounts spanning such diverse properties as email, Flickr, Delicious and financial information.

Microsoft's backing comes in the wake of its failure in recent years to persuade the industry to rally behind its own single sign-on initiative, the centralized Passport system, used only by Microsoft and a relative handful of partners.

In the past, Microsoft has chosen to go its own way on internet standards and dragged partners along with it, notably with the formation of the Web Services Interoperability (WS-I) organization and the resulting WS-* specifications.

The Open ID Foundation's goal is to roll-out an open online identity framework that eliminates the need for users to create and remember multiple identities and passwords for different web sites. More than 10,000 web sites currently support OpenID log ins.

Until now, Microsoft had been only affiliated with OpenID - although chief research and strategy officer Craig Mundie last year pledged to integrate OpenID with its CardSpace system in Windows Vista.

In a statement, Microsoft said it was looking forward to working with the community refining and driving adoption of OpenID. "The OpenID community is a key constituency in solving the digital identity problems internet users face," chief identity architect Kim Cameron said in a prepared statement.®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
14 antivirus apps found to have security problems
Vendors just don't care, says researcher, after finding basic boo-boos in security software
'Things' on the Internet-of-things have 25 vulnerabilities apiece
Leaking sprinklers, overheated thermostats and picked locks all online
Only '3% of web servers in top corps' fully fixed after Heartbleed snafu
Just slapping a patched OpenSSL on a machine ain't going to cut it, we're told
How long is too long to wait for a security fix?
Synology finally patches OpenSSL bugs in Trevor's NAS
Secure microkernel that uses maths to be 'bug free' goes open source
Hacker-repelling, drone-protecting code will soon be yours to tweak as you see fit
Israel's Iron Dome missile tech stolen by Chinese hackers
Corporate raiders Comment Crew fingered for attacks
Roll out the welcome mat to hackers and crackers
Security chap pens guide to bug bounty programs that won't fail like Yahoo!'s
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
Researcher sat on critical IE bugs for THREE YEARS
VUPEN waited for Pwn2Own cash while IE's sandbox leaked
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.