Contents tagged with Live ID (Passport)

  • Live ID Short outage, now resolved

    Posted by sumeethevans on February 17 2010, 10:57 PM. Posted in Live ID (Passport).

    As some of you may have noticed (we heard from you on Twitter!) we had an issue with the Windows Live ID service between 9 and 10AM PST this morning. Due to the failure of one server, Windows Live ID logins were failing for some customers, and this increased the load on our remaining servers. We took the problematic server offline and brought a new server into rotation. We identified the root cause and fixed it in less than an hour, but it took a while to resolve the logjam that had built up in the meantime, and to redistribute the load to normal levels.

    As with all incidents like this, we will fully investigate the cause and will take steps to prevent this from happening again. We’re very sorry for the inconvenience this may have caused to you, our customers and partners.

    From WindowsTeamBlog

  • The Windows Live Wave 4 rumor mill

    Posted by bink on November 3 2009, 2:54 AM. Posted in Live ID (Passport).



    Will this be the release that finally gets tabbed conversations?  A commenter on claims to have seen just that:

    # November 2009 on Tuesday, February 10: 14 pm I have used M1 version, there is already a tab chat features

    Now we’ve seen hints about tabs in previous versions, as the LiveSino post points out, so we’re not getting our hopes up.  Tabbed chatting has to be the #1 feature request  for Messenger, though, so we’ll hold out hope.

    Windows Live Writer:

    News of Writer’s demise may be exaggerated, at least in the short term.  One Twitter user was quite impressed with what he saw:

    The new internal Windows Live build is so awesome that I skipped a beat as I launched Writer.

    Documents and Devices:

    We told you before about a couple of new tabs we spotted, and it looks like Wave 4 will at least begin to bring Live Mesh and Office Web Apps more firmly into the Windows Live experience.


    Continue for SkyDrive rumors:

  • Microsoft Partners with Top Social Networks to Put Users at the Center of their Data

    Posted by vasudev on March 25 2008, 5:10 PM. Posted in Microsoft Corp, Live ID (Passport).

     Today Microsoft is announcing some significant developments to the Windows Live platform that demonstrate Microsoft’s commitment to data portability and giving users a choice of how to use and control their information.

    John Richards, Director of Windows Live Platform announced :

    "Microsoft has partnered with some of the world’s top social networks on contact data portability. Starting today, we will be working with Facebook, Bebo, Hi5, Tagged and LinkedIn to exchange functionally-similar Contacts APIs, allowing us to create a safe, secure two-way street for users to move their relationships between our respective services. Along with these collaborations, Microsoft is introducing a new website at that people can visit to invite their friends from our partner social networks to join their Windows Live Messenger contact list."

    The collaborations with Facebook, Bebo, Hi5, LinkedIn and Tagged will make it easier, safer, and more secure for people to have access to their contacts and relationships from more places on the web. These networks will be adopting the Windows Live Contacts API instead of “screen-scraping.”  Starting today, you can visit and to find your friends using the Windows Live Contacts API.  Hi5, Tagged and LinkedIn will be live in the coming months.

    With these collaborations and the new website at that lets people invite their social network friends to join their Windows Live Messenger contact list, we’ve essentially now created a two-way street for people to share their information.

    NOTE: It may take a couple of hours for the site to become available due to DNS propagation.

    Full Story At Source



  • Get your @live.xx addresses for India, Philippines

    Posted by vasudev on November 30 2007, 11:46 AM. Posted in Live ID (Passport).

     Some days back registration for @live.XX was opened up but was not there for people of India.Now, if you are living in India can get @live.inIn addition to India getting,people of Philippines can now get e-mail addresses,and people of Spain can get addresses.Just go here to get these Windows Live IDs.These are in addition to addresses already available in these regions.I already got mine, hurry up and get the mail IDs of your choice.

  • Microsoft simplifies switching between Windows Live IDs

    Posted by bink on October 22 2007, 9:15 PM. Posted in Live ID (Passport).

    To simplify switching between multiple Windows Live IDs you can now link them together, with the Linked Windows Live ID service. Instead of logging out and logging back in, once the accounts are linked, a simple click from the menu on the top right of most Windows Live pages will now do the trick. To link your accounts up, head over to the Linked Windows Live IDs section of the Windows Live Account page. Once they’re all added, you must sign out and then sign back in.However, there are two problems, one a potential security issue and the other more of an annoyance. The former is that it now only takes one password to break into multiple linked accounts. The latter is if one of your accounts is set to have you change your password regularly, or if one of the sites you visit requires a strong password, it will require that you change your password on each linked account. Screenshot: Manage Link IDs | Switching Between IDs Link: Live Account

  • Windows Live ID adds Beta support for Information Cards with Windows CardSpace!

    Posted by bink on August 31 2007, 2:10 PM. Posted in Live ID (Passport).

    Windows CardSpace is a new way to sign in securely and conveniently into websites. And now you can use CardSpace with your Windows Live ID account! Using CardSpace with Windows Live ID means you don’t use a password to sign-in. Instead, just send your Information Card to Live ID to identify you and get signed into Hotmail, Windows Live Spaces or any other site that accepts Windows Live ID. And it is incredibly easy to use CardSpace with your Live ID. Just follow this link (here) to get going in minutes! 

    If you are using Windows Vista, you are all ready to use CardSpace! If you are on Windows XP or Windows 2003, you will need to get IE 7.0, our newest and coolest browser and .Net 3.0 with CardSpace support (if you don’t already have them). You will also need to add an Information Card to your Live ID account.  To install these components and add an Information Card to your Live ID account, visit the Windows Live ID Information Card management page.  Also go to that page to make changes to the Information Card added to your Live ID account.

    Once you’ve added an Information Card to your Live ID account, sign in using the Information Card. You will be amazed at how easy it is! BTW, that Windows Live ID CardSpace support is still a “Beta”. We are still working on it and know a bunch of things that could be better. But do let us know your wish list; it is always good to get feedback.

  • Live ID sneaks in Info Card right under our noses

    Posted by sumeethevans on August 17 2007, 6:45 PM. Posted in Live ID (Passport).

    We've been telling you about Info Card for quite a while, but in all the excitement (and a few bugs to iron out) surrounding the new Live ID associations with LiveSide Community Server log in, it took us a minute to notice that Info Cards are live and working, and right here on LiveSide!

    A note on the naming (hey it's Microsoft, you knew this was coming, right?): The current name for the cards seems to be "Information Card", formerly Info Card, and while we and others noticed a name change to "CardSpace", that seems to be the name of the Information Card manager.

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    Here's how to get started with Information Cards:

    Start by clicking on the Windows Live ID "Sign In" at the top right of our home page (you may have to sign out first)

    1. First you need to set up an Information Card.  In the text above "Sign in with:...", click on "Information Card"
    2. Then click on "Sign In":
    3. Click on the Live ID you want to build an Information Card for, verify your password, and customize your Info Card:
    4. For right now, the only personal information you can store is a name and a picture.  That will change, however, as the help file shows:

    5. Next, to sign in with the Information Card, choose it from the drop down box in your Live ID sign in:

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  • Windows Live ID is open now, SDK available

    Posted by bink on August 17 2007, 1:11 PM. Posted in Live ID (Passport).

    Windows Live ID Web Authentication allows sites who want to integrate with the Windows Live services and platform. We are releasing a set of tools that make this integration easier than ever.

    Web Authentication works by sending your users to the Windows Live ID sign-in page by means of a specially formatted link. The service then directs them back to your Web site along with a unique, site-specific identifier that you can use to manage personalized content, assign user rights, and perform other tasks for the authenticated user. Sign-in and account management is performed by Windows Live ID, so you don't have to worry about implementing these details.

    Included with the Web Authentication software development kit (SDK) are QuickStart sample applications in the ASP.NET, Java, Perl, PHP, Python, and Ruby programming languages. You can get the sample applications for this SDK from the Web Authentication download page on

    The benefits of incorporating Windows Live ID into your Web site include:

    · The ability to use Windows Live gadgets, APIs and controls to incorporate authenticated Windows Live services into your site.

    · An HTTP-based, platform-neutral interface for implementing Windows Live ID authentication in your existing site, even if it is hosted by a third-party.

    · Ability to make authentication and Windows Live integration easy for over 380 million consumers.

     Try it out! Click here to see the Web Authentication SDK documentation and click hereto download the QuickStart sample application for your platform. In minutes, your site will be Windows Live ID enabled!

  • InfoCard not son of Passport, promises Microsoft

    Posted by bink on September 22 2005, 3:56 PM. Posted in Live ID (Passport).

    The Microsoft exec behind its upcoming InfoCard authentication system has promised that the software giant has learnt its lessons from Passport.

    The company is taking a more open tack in developing the identity management platform, said Kim Cameron, Microsoft's chief architect of identity and access.

    Like Passport, InfoCard, is designed to make it easier for users to surf the Web by keeping track of their user names and passwords as they move from site to site. Unlike Passport, however, InfoCard is being designed to work on client and server software that was not developed by Microsoft.

    Since the beta version of InfoCard was released in May, Microsoft has been working with developers of the Firefox and Opera browsers, as well as organisations including Apache and Apple, said Cameron.

    "These aren't your typical Microsoft customers," he said. "The main thing is, we need a solution that works on Linux boxes as much as it works on Microsoft boxes."

    The Passport identity management system now processes about one billion authentication requests per day, making it too popular to rightly be called a failure, but the service has never gained popularity outside of Microsoft's own Web properties, Cameron said.

    "When it comes to identity, people want to understand why the parties to any interaction are there," he said. "It makes sense for people to use passport, run by Microsoft to access Microsoft properties. It didn't make sense for users to use Passport to access eBay."

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  • Microsoft to flash Windows ID cards

    Posted by spy on May 18 2005, 5:22 PM. Posted in Live ID (Passport).

    Microsoft is getting ready to provide an early peek at new Windows software that aims to help consumers deal with the plethora of Internet logins. The Redmond, Wash.-based software giant plans to release a technical preview of the software, code-named InfoCard, by the end of May, Microsoft said. It will also include other technologies designed to make using digital identities easier and safer, Microsoft's senior executive in charge of security, Mike Nash, said Tuesday. The release is for software developers, who will be asked to give Microsoft feedback on the technology, Nash said during his monthly security Webcast. In addition to InfoCard, Microsoft is also planning preview releases of technologies that it is pitching to enable the various identity systems used on the Internet to work together, he said. "One of the big challenges that people face today is that there are many different kinds of identity systems," said John Shewchuk, an architect in Microsoft's distributed systems group, who was also on the Webcast. InfoCard will be the most visible of Microsoft's efforts to PC users. It is designed to provide secure storage for identity information that will be shared with online services such as Web stores. The plans are reminiscent of Microsoft's largely failed efforts with Passport, a single sign-on service it unveiled in 1999. InfoCard is a new attempt, one that could solve the complaint many people had with Passport, which was that people's information was managed by Microsoft instead of by the users themselves and the businesses they dealt with. The developer preview is important as Microsoft moves from just talk to actually sharing some of the work in progress. Full Story At Source
  • Microsoft Passport Network 3.0 coming soon...

    Posted by bink on April 28 2005, 8:08 PM. Posted in Live ID (Passport).

    Some of you may have noticed some new Passport logos Sign in with your Microsoft PassportSign out of Microsoft Passport sites last night.  Hopefully that means Microsoft Passport Network 3.0 will be launching shortly.  Passport will loose the .NET name and focus on being used for mainly Microsoft sites.  eBay and others have already removed Passport support from their sites.  Although Passport was initially developed as a single sign-in service for the revolutionary web services market, Microsoft soon scaled it back as the Hailstorm initiative failed.  Although this doesn't mean that Microsoft isn't committed to web services.

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  • Microsoft: Single Sign-On Far from Dead

    Posted by bink on December 31 2004, 4:40 PM. Posted in Live ID (Passport).

    Microsoft on Thursday rushed to put the kibosh on talk that it was abandoning the single sign-on Passport identity management service.

    But even as company officials insist that Passport "will be around for a long time," it has become increasingly clear that a series of security-related hiccups has ruined consumer trust in the Web-based tool.

    Despite losing a high-profile client [ebay], Adam Sohn, product manager for Passport at Microsoft Corp., maintained a brave front.

    "Passport will be around for a long time. We still use it across all our sites and nothing has changed in that regard," Sohn told He said the service would continue to provide single sign-on service for millions of MSN Hotmail users and other Microsoft-owned services.

    Third-party companies that use Passport will continue to receive support, he added.

    "We are committed to providing partners with a secure and flexible authentication service," Sohn said. "eBay's decision is not a reflection of our strategy."

    Microsoft also released a brief statement that confirmed a strategic shift in the company's thinking on Passport and removed the .NET directory listing.

    Instead of marketing Passport to third-party companies looking for a one-stop shop where personal information is stored and used for online activity, the focus will shift to providing identity management for Microsoft-owned businesses.

    "Over the past couple of years, Microsoft learned a lot working with partners and customers and shifted the focus of the service to serve as a great single sign-on solution for consumers of MSN and Microsoft online services, as well as working with close partners where it made sense for both parties," the statement read. Full Story At Source