Good news from out of the cold, damp north: Dick Hardt of OpenID and amazing slide-deck fame is joining Microsoft. This should speak well both of Micorosft’s current attention to claims based authentication, as well as improving the chances of Microsoft creating truly first class identity solutions.
“I will have the title Partner Architect and will be working on consumer, enterprise and government identity problems. My open source, open web and digital community experience will continue to guide my thinking. For me, this is an opportunity to work on the identity problems I have been toiling over for the last six years, but now with massive resources.”