Microsoft’s new Windows project, code named Longhorn, is supposed to bring many improvements to the enterprise. Not the least of which is better overall security. But possibly the most interesting development is Microsoft’s recent announcement about changes to Active Directory. These changes not only impact how user authentication and authorization are handled in your network. They also impact how you protect yourself on the Internet through the use of what Microsoft calls the Identity Metasystem.
In this paper, I explore the common identity and privacy challenges facing Internet users are they move from one content location to another. I’ll then describe the thinking that led Microsoft down the path leading to its approach to unified identity management for the Internet – our final topic.
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