Friday, May 13, 2005

I'll show you mine if you'll show me yours

Sun and Microsoft announced today new specifications for creating interoperable Web Single SignOn between sites supporting the Liberty Alliance's ID-FF architecture and those supporting the Microsoft, IBM, Verisign, etc. WS-Federation spec.

The really big thing, though, was that they trotted out Steve Ballmer and Scott McNealy for a special press conference to do this. They could have shipped a press release on Monday, and had their IdM people talk about it at Digital ID World (they were all there) and it would have still been a very important, well received announcement. But getting the two CEOs to do the dog & pony show raises the visibility to a whole new level as we could tell from some of the inane questions (along the lines of "what is Identity Management?" expect sidebars in Sunday's paper) from some of the general press.

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