February 7, 2008
Microsoft Joins the OpenID Foundation and its Board of Directors

OpenID logoToday the OpenID Foundation announced that five leading technology companies, Google, IBM, Microsoft, VeriSign, and Yahoo! have joined the OpenID board of directors as its first corporate board members. This news comes a year and a day after the JanRain/Sxip Identity/Microsoft/VeriSign OpenID/CardSpace collaboration announcement introduced by Bill Gates and Craig Mundie at the RSA Security Conference.

How are these events related, you might ask? As I see it, they’re both great examples of the industry working together to solve the digital identity problems that all Internet users presently face – in these cases, both in the context of OpenID.

A lot’s happened over that year-and-a-day that’s worth celebrating:

From a personal perspective, I’ve enjoyed working with colleagues from numerous companies (including from my own!) to help get us to today’s announcement, as well as working to bring safer, easier-to-user login and account creation to OpenIDs via Information Cards. Thus, I’m both pleased and honored to now be representing Microsoft on the OpenID Foundation board of directors.

Of course, today’s announcement is really only the end of the beginning. The real fun and value is still ahead of us, in the work we’ll do together. The draft PAPE specification needs to be completed. We need to drive relying party adoption of phishing-resistant authentication. And talk of an OpenID 3.0 that’s both easier and safer to use is already percolating on the mailing lists.

The Internet is still missing a much-needed ubiquitous identity layer. The good news is that the broad industry collaboration that has emerged around OpenID is a key enabler for building it together!

13 Responses to “Microsoft Joins the OpenID Foundation and its Board of Directors”

  1. Identity 2.0 » Industry Giants join OpenID Foundation Board on 07 Feb 2008 at 7:57 am #

    […] Jones from Microsoft blogged here about. Interesting to see the press release up at Microsoft’s PressPass with a quote […]

  2. Cardspace Community Bloggers on 07 Feb 2008 at 8:27 am #

    Google, IBM, Microsoft, VeriSign, and Yahoo! Join the OpenID Foundation’s Board…

    This morning the OpenID Foundation announced that Google, IBM, Microsoft, VeriSign, and Yahoo! have joined…

  3. Scott Kveton · Google, IBM, Microsoft, VeriSign and Yahoo! join OpenID Foundation Board on 07 Feb 2008 at 8:53 am #

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  4. Vibro.NET on 07 Feb 2008 at 9:02 am #

    Mike jumps on the OpenID Foundation board of directors…

    Good news everyone! Our very own Mike will represent Microsoft on the OpenID Foundation board of directors,…

  5. Noticias externas on 07 Feb 2008 at 9:34 am #

    Mike jumps on the OpenID Foundation board of directors…

    Good news everyone! Our very own Mike will represent Microsoft on the OpenID Foundation board of directors…

  6. MSDN Blog Postings » Mike jumps on the OpenID Foundation board of directors on 07 Feb 2008 at 9:42 am #

    […] very own Mike will represent Microsoft on the OpenID Foundation board of directors, which to me seems a natural […]

  7. Paul Mooney on 07 Feb 2008 at 9:55 am #

    Microsoft Joins OpenID…

    Microsoft Joins the OpenID Foundation and its Board of Directors
    Today the OpenID Foundation announced……

  8. Windows CardSpace Team Bloggers on 07 Feb 2008 at 11:00 am #

    Mike jumps on the OpenID Foundation board of directors…

    Good news everyone! Our very own Mike will represent Microsoft on the OpenID Foundation board of directors,…

  9. A caution to this tail « Identity Blogger on 07 Feb 2008 at 1:44 pm #

    […] Google, IBM, Microsoft, VeriSign, and Yahoo! joining the OpenID Foundation. You can read about here, here, and here. For OpenID this is indeed a great step […]

  10. Shigeya Tanabe's blog on 07 Feb 2008 at 10:54 pm #

    マイクロソフトが OpenID Foundation に参加…

    マイクロソフトが OpenID Foundation に参加するという発表がありました。 Technology Leaders Join OpenID Foundation to Promote Open…

  11. Chris’ Train of Thought » Blog Archive » Windows CardSpace is een blijver?! on 08 Feb 2008 at 9:26 am #

    […] Microsoft zal Mike Jones aan tafel […]

  12. Weblogul lui Zoli on 12 Feb 2008 at 1:50 am #

    Consens pentru OpenID…

    Google, IBM, Microsoft, VeriSign și Yahoo! au devenit membri ai OpenID Foundation . OpenID este un sistem…

  13. Secure Place on 13 Feb 2008 at 8:28 am #

    openID kills Windows CardSpace ?!…

    Since Thursday we all know that Microsoft joined OpenID Foundation ( http://www.identityblog.com/?p=922

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