openid 304e02ec thumb Microsoft PDC : Microsoft going Open with OpenID

Yet another fabulous announcement by Microsoft today at the PDC is one of greatest initiatives according to me. This being the direct support of the OpenID platform amongst the windows live id platform.

Windows Live ID publicly committed to support the OpenID digital identity framework with the announcement of the public availability of a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of the Windows Live ID OpenID Provider.

You will soon be able to use your Windows Live ID account to sign in to any OpenID Web site! These sites being that of google, yahoo and many others building upon a bridge between the online world and providing a single sign on service, bring leverage to the user and rather not more frustration of remembering many id’s.

The Windows Live ID OpenID Provider (OP) enables anyone with a Windows Live ID account to set up an OpenID alias and to use that alias for identification at an increasing number of OpenID 2.0 relying party sites.

Here is a 3 Minute webcast about this initiative

Windows Live ID OpenID Provider Screencast from Angus Logan on Vimeo.

What do you, is this a good move by Microsoft? Leave your comments…

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