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Windows Live ID to replace Microsoft Passport

Microsoft Windows Live ID will be the new authentication services for Windows Live replacing Microsoft Passport.

Windows Live ID, an unified login service similar to Google Accounts, will be integrated with Windows Live family of Web services by 2007.

Gates provided the first clues to the existence of Windows Live ID at the RSA Conference, when he said InfoCard was intended to replace Passport and would make password-based authentication obsolete.

Nobody will miss Microsoft Passport.