Microsoft Focuses on Interoperability for the Identity Metasystem RRS feed

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  • REDMOND, Wash. — May 23, 2007 — Microsoft Corp. today announced a series of offerings that foster improved interoperability for online identity management. Microsoft has been a leading industry voice in the creation of an identity metasystem, an ecosystem designed to enable the exchange of personal identity information on the Internet so all parties may understand whom they are working with online. Three core elements make up the identity metasystem: the people who are presenting their identity, the Web site or online service requesting proof of identity, and the identity providers who assert some information about those people. The projects announced today improve interoperability for each of the three identity metasystem components and represent the next step in Microsoft’s commitment to deliver interoperability by design.

    “Our customers expect us to enable interoperability between Microsoft-based solutions, as well as across other platforms and technologies. For this reason, we take a very pragmatic, customer-centric view of interoperability,” said Bob Muglia, senior vice president of the Server and Tools Business at Microsoft. “Addressing the effective exchange of identity information is a perfect example of how we look at interoperability holistically in order to meet a critical customer need.”

    Another Interop Specification Available Under Microsoft’s OSP

    In September 2006 Microsoft announced the availability of 38 Web services specifications under the Open Specification Promise (OSP). A subset of those specifications, such as WS-Trust and WS-SecureConversation, addressed identity metasystem scenarios and have led to interoperable identity solutions such as Novell Inc.’s Bandit project and the Eclipse Foundation’s Higgins Trust Framework Project. Microsoft is now making the Identity Selector Interoperability Profile available under the OSP to enhance interoperability in the identity metasystem for client computers using any platform. An individual open source software developer or a commercial software developer can build its identity selector software and pay no licensing fees to Microsoft, nor will it need to worry about future patent concerns related to the covered specifications for that technology.

    Microsoft Creates Four Open Source Projects to Help Make Web Sites Identity-Aware

    Microsoft is starting four open source projects that will help Web developers support information cards, the primary mechanism for representing user identities in the identity metasystem. These projects will implement software for specifying the Web site’s security policy and accepting information cards in Java for Sun Java System Web Servers or Apache Tomcat or IBM’s WebSphere Application Server, Ruby on Rails, and PHP for the Apache Web server. An additional project will implement a C Library that may be used generically for any Web site or service. These implementations will complement the existing ability to support information cards on the Microsoft® Windows®

    Friday, May 25, 2007 1:53 PM

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  • its just so wonderful that microsoft comes up with innovating ideas, it just surprises me as to wow...
    Saturday, May 26, 2007 12:20 PM
  • When implemented, it willbe another feather in the crown for Microsoft.. Microsoft is simply marvellous...
    Sunday, May 27, 2007 5:38 AM