Google and Microsoft to throw their weight behind OpenID

While it is not a slam dunk yet, both Microsoft and Google recently announced plans to act as provider’s for OpenID authentication.  This news means 3rd party sites supporting OpenID can direct their users to a login page on Microsoft or Google; parse the return request to verify their identity, and pull out any profile information such as real name or email supplied by the user.  Illusrated below:

OpenID signin with Google (credit Google Inc.)

OpenID signin with Google (credit Google Inc.)

Yahoo! has been an early addoptor supporting OpenID for a number of months now.  It commissioned some research into the usability aspects of signon using OpenID, demonstrating that users were confused when having to input a URL http://me.yahoo.com/username instead of the more traditional username@yahoo.com.  Users appear comfortable with clicking a specific ‘Sign in with Yahoo’ button, however this won’t scale with the number of OpenID providers available today (popular ones being Yahoo/Google/MS Live/AOL).  

It will be interesting to see how the interface for OpenID pans out; Perhaps a URL derived from an email may be a feasible alternative if all top level domains conformed to pattern eg: “openid.provider.com/username”.


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  1. * Nic Wise says:

    It’s a good start – the MS one anyway – but the google one is very much a walled garden – you have to recode your site to use the google forked version of openID, not the actual “open” openID standard.

    Pity. They were so close…. MS, however, IS using proper OpenID – I’m sure Google will, given the general outcry eg “WTF are you doing people!”

    But yeah – I’d much prefer to use http://openid.google.com/nicw@…. etc – for the moment, for me, it’s wordpress.com 🙂

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 2 months ago
  2. I’ve had problems before, using Google’s OpenID to log in to sites. A strange day indeed when Microsoft implement a standard properly and “Do No Evil” Google fork it and roll their own.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 2 months ago
  3. * techwoo says:

    Google and Microsoft to throw their weight behind OpenID .Thanks for nice post.I added to my twitter.

    | Reply Posted 9 years ago

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