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In 2005, Dick Hardt gave his famous “Identity 2.0” presentation at O’Reilly’s Open Source Convention (OSCON). The logic and examples were compelling and complete, the analogy to real-life convincing. There was really not much more to say on the topic. If you saw the presentation, you were convinced — the time had come for an open, portable online identity.
Since then, OpenID has been gaining traction in new media spaces, particularly blogs and social media sites.
Now, according to the New York Times, Microsoft has made Windows Live compatible with OpenID, recognizing it as “the de facto standard Web protocol for authentication.”