No-go zone for Passport
Published: December 30, 2004, 3:40 PM PST
By Robert Lemos
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Microsoft's Passport authentication technology lost a prominent partner this week when eBay announced that it would stop supporting customer logins through Microsoft's Passport and .Net services.
The online auctioneer decided to stop supporting the service after Microsoft made an "architectural change" to its online authentication service, an eBay representative told CNET News.com on Thursday.
The company's withdrawal of support and Microsoft's changes to the service were not unexpected developments and part of the planned evolution of Passport, Microsoft responded in a statement.
"Over the past couple of years, Microsoft learned a lot working with partners and customers, and shifted the focus of the (Passport) service to serve as a great single sign-on solution for consumers of MSN and Microsoft online services, as well as working with close partners where it made sense for both parties," the company said.
As reported by CNET News.com earlier this year, Microsoft has slowly been paring back Passport. The service acts as a central storage for personal information such as credit card numbers for use when shopping online. It also can act as a single sign-in and password for all a person's online accounts.