Redmond (WA) - Microsoft announced that Windows Live will now support the OpenID digital identify framework. Users will soon be able to use their Windows Live ID to sign into any OpenID-based website.
Windows Live users will see this new feature first in a Community Technology Preview (CTP) Release of the Windows Live ID Integration environment. This will allow developers to test the interoperability of their websites against the new implementation of OpenID.
The downside to this is that Microsoft is going with the “provider only” route. This means that, though your Windows Live ID will allow you to log into OpenID sites, your OpenID will not enable you to log into Windows Live sites.
Also, Microsoft users will not be able to use their ID to log in to Yahoo, or vice versa, and until large companies like these two allow for access both ways, the OpenID scheme is going to remain relatively stagnant.