EBay recently retired its support for Microsoft Passport, which represents a significant downsizing of the Passport network. Does this represent a victory for open standards and the industry-backed Liberty Alliance?
Goodman: I can't speak to a whole lot of the history through personal experience. I think that the rivalry between Passport and Liberty federation standards has certainly been kept warm by some of the technical media. Yes, there are developers who look at it that way, but the alliance is a lot more than just the single sign-on stuff and the alliance was working on standards; Passport was a service. Microsoft makes its own decisions with regard to businesses they'll pursue, and Passport is a business [for Microsoft].
In my view, Liberty, as well as Microsoft and others associated with Microsoft, and others that work with them in the WS-* efforts, clearly support identity management. I think there are plenty of opportunities to still converge and produce the number of different standards that need to be supported in the world. But I don't see any change in Microsoft's direction on Passport, as being a direct reflection, one way or the other, on Liberty.
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