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The Register: Microsoft Passport Boost Through Limited Code Access

Oct 11, 2002, 17:30 (11 Talkback[s])

"Source code from Microsoft Corp's .NET Passport online authentication service is to be turned loose under a pseudo open source initiative, a move the company claimed will assist development of .NET applications...

"However, the move - announced at Digital Identity World 2002 Conference in Denver, Colorado - is seen as an attempt to specifically drive Passport's commercial use, seeding the ground for later rollout of .NET services by Microsoft and ISVs.

"Passport was last year positioned by Microsoft's as its enabler for federated single sign-in by customers to web services. Despite 200 million Passport accounts and early backing from some partners the service has failed to generate a groundswell of support.

"That honor has, instead, fallen to the Liberty Alliance Project which counts heavyweight IT consumers such as American Express, General Motors and United Airlines among its nearly 100-strong membership. Liberty is now signing up non-profits and low-income organizations..."

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