[OpenID] Microsoft and OpenID Q&A

Scott Kveton scott at janrain.com
Thu Feb 22 23:13:40 UTC 2007

I think Dick summarized this best in his email.  However, notes like the one
below make me realize there is a lot of FUD out there and having more people
confirm what this all really means is a good thing.

The announcement with Microsoft was about _collaboration_ with CardSpace;
not capitulation.  Microsoft is going to work with the OpenID community just
like anyone else on this list (and the other lists like specs and security).

Nothing is being discarded or drastically changed.  We're providing another
means for users to authenticate with InfoCards via CardSpace.  This is akin
to having a Firefox extension or using voice authentication.  The more
options a user has the better.

The momentum (especially with the recent announcements) gives me much less
cause for concern with respect to concerns about Microsoft "owning" or
trying to "destroy" OpenID (note: this is some of the FUD I've heard, I
don't think this).  Everyone is getting on board with OpenID and that means
lots of momentum and that also means no one company or entity will be able
to effectively control or ruin it.

- Scott

On 2/21/07 6:03 PM, "Eric Norman" <ejnorman at doit.wisc.edu> wrote:

> On Feb 21, 2007, at 6:23 PM, Johannes Ernst wrote:
>> Since Bill Gates endorsed OpenID on stage recently, lots of people
>> have been asking questions (followed by stating opinions...) about
>> what the relationship between Microsoft and the OpenID community is,
>> should or should not be.
>> I'd like to collect your questions, and make sure they get discussed,
>> hopefully answered and documented somewhere. Please respond either on
>> the list or personally. (Some people might not be comfortable asking
>> publicly -- yep, it does happen, in particular on that kind of
>> subject. Anonymous questions are fine ;-))
>> Here are some questions that I have collected so far.
>> 1. Has Microsoft made any commitment to implement OpenID in any
>> product? If so, which?
>> 2. Has the OpenID Community committed to support any WS-* protocols?
>> If so, which and how?
>> 3. Hang on, how can the OpenID Community commit to anything (WS-* or
>> anything else), given that it is self-organizing and not "managed" by
>> anybody?
>> 4. What would be the advantages / disadvantages of using Microsoft's
>> CardSpace with OpenID?
> 4a.  (More detailed)  What are the strengths of one that are weaknesses
> of the other?
> 5.  What changes (installation, behavior, other software) will need to
> happen?
> 6.  Will a large population "all have to jump at once" to effect
> deployment?
> 7.  Which parts (code, protocols, etc) of each will be discarded (no
> longer useful)?
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