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Why not call it "Windows Identity Foundation"?

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  • I just came across the new name (Cardspace) and I'd have to say I think it's unfortunate you didn't follow the convention set by the other .NET 3.0 components.

    Windows Communication Foundation
    Windows Presentation Foundation
    Windows Workflow Foundation
      and
    Cardspace?

    I guess it's an improvement over InfoCard, but not by much. The correct name would clearly have been:

    Windows Identity Foundation

    People would immediately understand a name like that. Cardspace on the other hand sounds like some kind of card game widget for MySpace pages.

    I'm sure it's a little late at this point to change the name again, but I thought there might be someone inside Microsoft who was pulling for a different name, perhaps even "Windows Identity Foundation", and now he or she can say "I told you so!".

     

     

     

    Saturday, September 30, 2006 9:22 PM

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  • For what it's worth : approximately three years after your comment, 'Windows Identity Foundation' is now a product (codenamed Geneva) but ties in a bunch of other federation and authentication details in addition to cardspace. I suppose the name proved too irresistable. Hope you get some gratification from having called it early. rgds, Warren
    Thursday, September 24, 2009 8:44 AM
  • For what it's worth : approximately three years after your comment, 'Windows Identity Foundation' is now a product (codenamed Geneva) but ties in a bunch of other federation and authentication details in addition to cardspace. I suppose the name proved too irresistable. Hope you get some gratification from having called it early. rgds, Warren

    I am looking for Windows Identity Foundation but can't seem to find it in the MSDN subscriber downloads. Is it under a different name?
    Saturday, March 20, 2010 5:45 PM
  • Bill, internet search is your friend, but you're right - the technology is tricky to get started with. A few leads for you:

    Windows Identity Foundation SDK
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=c148b2df-c7af-46bb-9162-2c9422208504

    Also have a read of everything this guy has to say, he's a guru on the technology and he has written quite a few articles on how it can be used in applications, etc.
    http://blogs.msdn.com/vbertocci/default.aspx

    beers,

    Sunday, March 21, 2010 11:50 PM