The New ACS is Live: if you do HTTP, you can play the Game

Today the .NET Services team released the first CTP that reflects the changes announced back in September: you can read about it in their team blog and in Justin’s blog and experiment with the service here. You know, it’s kind of a big deal! The power of the claims-based approach is now within reach for…

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[VIDEO] Identity & Cloud Services

  As promised last week, here there’s the video of my other session at the Belgian TechDays. This session was part of the Architecture track, hence I took a mildly different, more abstract approach: I position Cloud computing as a trend (storytelling the famous parallel between last century’s electrification of the US and what may…

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April Update for the Azure Services Training Kit & Azure Services management Tools

March came and went, bringing us a new CTP of the .NET Services SDK and a lot of news for Windows Azure & SQL Services. Today we released an updated version of the Azure Services Training Kit and one updated version of the Azure Services Management Tools. The March CTP of the .NET Services SDK…

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A visual tour of the .NET Access Control service, part 2: fun with scopes and issuers

Here we are again. I am just back from Belgium’s TechDays, and I can still savor the nice feeling you get from talking in front of a very interested audience 🙂 I’m really glad to see that both the cloud and claims based identity are enjoying the attention they deserve! I have been asked to…

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Azure Services Training Kit – February Update Just Released

Between travels and internal conferences I ended up neglecting my poor blog for 3+ weeks; a lot of interesting things happened in the meanwhile, and I hope I’ll manage to catch up in the next days. For the time being, here there’s a quick newsflash for you: the Azure Services Evangelism Team, of which I…

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A visual tour of the .NET Access Control service via Azure Services Management Console

Happy Western-new year! Hope you enjoyed your holidays, and that you’re back to work recharged & ready to authenticate/authorize everything in sight 😉 I have a long piece I wrote back in December on my flights to Italy, but that’s pretty long and somewhat philosophical: after the joys of yesterday’s announcements at CES (have you…

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On-premises, hosting & cloud: a metaphor for understanding how they differ

[Dear loyal readers, be warned: this post will contain some identity, but it is more about “pure” architecture & cloud services] On a flight Honolulu-Seattle; vacation is over, and I’m back to sharing with you my wild thoughts (ok, not ALL of my wild thoughts :-)). Have you noticed how people tend to react when…

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Interview about identity & cloud on IDPeople magazine

  Few weeks ago the good guys at the IDPeople magazine interviewed me on the topic of identity & cloud computing: you can access the text online or the pdf here (requires free registration). During IDWorld they also recorded a brief video about my session on the same theme, but I don’t know when or…

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TechEd EMEA 2008: still one day to immerse yourself in Identity

It seems it barely started, and TechEd EMEA 2008 is almost done already. Identity is very well represented in this edition. Geneva has 2 booths in the ATE area, which experienced really a lot of traffic: you still have time tomorrow for taking advantage of the experts there (Sam, Sidd, Shiung, Tariq) and have a…

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Microsoft’s New Identity Landscape

  PDC has come and gone, and Microsoft’s identity landscape has changed. New products emerged, services appeared or underwent profound transformations: but the remarkable thing is that all elements, none excluded, are part of a single,company-wide, consistent strategy that aims at putting the user in control of his/her identities. Many words will be spent about…

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