Windows Identity Foundation (previously known as “Geneva” Framework) makes federation and claims-based identity first-class citizens in the .NET Framework. Developers can now rely upon a single, consistent model for creating identity-aware applications on ASP.NET and WCF.
We just published a guide that provides step-by-step instructions on how to use Windows Identity Foundation in Windows Azure solutions, so that on-premises or partner identities can be seamlessly used regardless of where your resources are hosted, on-premises or in the cloud.
The guide also provides explanations of the tradeoffs that are necessary at this point for making the two pre-releases to work together, highlighting the attention points and the workarounds, and will be updated regularly as we move toward commercial availability. We invite you to download the guide and experiment with the simple but powerful scenario it enables: stay tuned for updates and for more scenarios of claims-based identity in the cloud.
Bruce D. Kyle
ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation