by Peter Galli on October 27, 2008 04:58pm


More good news coming out of PDC today! Windows Live ID is publicly committing to support the OpenID digital identity framework with the announcement of the public availability of a Community Technology Preview of the Windows Live ID OpenID Provider.

This means that Windows Live ID accounts will be able to be used to sign in to any OpenID Web site. 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-for example: Plaxo, Pibb, StackOverflow.com and Wikispaces.

Also, in his blog earler today about the Azure Services Platform, Sam Ramji talked about how, as part of Microsoft's commitment to openness and working with open source communities, he asked the Open Source Technology Center (led by Tom Hanrahan) to come up with some specific examples that show how open source communities can access Windows Azure.

This work has resulted in several ‘proofs of concept' which show open source developers that they can create applications that run as services and have access to services in the cloud. These ‘proofs of concept' demonstrate that:

    • A blog engine hosted on Windows Azure can authenticate users with OpenID.
    • A developer using the Eclipse IDE can write a C# application that runs on Windows Azure
    • Gallery, the leading PHP photo application, can access Windows Azure cloud storage