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CorporateIT: Microsoft goes it alone on biometrics

May 19, 2000, 12:52 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brett Winterford)

"Microsoft has recenty acquired a biometric API and plans to include it in future versions of Windows to the chagrin of the BioAPI Consortium and industry representatives."

"Just days after Bill Gates said "interoperability" is one of the most important aspects of network security in his US Networld+Interop keynote, Microsoft snubbed the globally recognised biometrics standard in favour of an API from I/O Software, which is already compatible with Windows. The BioAPI standard is available free on the internet and works across multiple platforms, which include Windows, Unix and Linux."

"While the BioAPI consortium (a group working on a global standard for biometric technology) is pleased that Microsoft has given its stamp of approval to biometrics, a formal statement expressed the group's disappointment at the software giant's choice of API."

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