Computerworld: Microsoft pledges support for OpenID

Microsoft has thrown its weight behind OpenID, an emerging Web authentication standard.

The announcement was made Tuesday at the RSA Conference in San Francisco during a joint keynote by Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie that was long on vision and short on specifics.

Microsoft pledged to work to integrate OpenID with its CardSpace identity management software, which is now available in conjunction with Windows Vista. “The marriage of CardSpace and OpenID 2.0 is actually a giant step forward,” Mundie said.

And that moves us one step closer to having a universal sign-in system for blog commenting.

[via Jay Allen]