Google Supports OpenID

by Sachin Balagopalan on October 29, 2008 · 1 comment

If you have a Gmail account, starting today you will be able to login to websites that support the OpenID standard with your GMail username and password. Yahoo already supports it and Microsoft will soon follow suit enabling WIndows Live users. How does it work? If you have a Gmail account you can use it to login to sites that accept OpenID instead of registering and creating a username/password specific for that site. Zoho is one of the sites that accepts OpenId - where you can login using your Google or Yahoo credentials - and so does Plaxo.

The idea is to simplify the users online experience as much as possible so one does not have to manage multiple credentials.

OpenID is still in the adoption phase and is becoming more and more popular, as large organizations like AOL, Microsoft, Sun, Novell, etc. begin to accept and provide OpenIDs. Today it is estimated that there are over 160-million OpenID enabled URIs with nearly ten-thousand sites supporting OpenID logins.

What I would really like to see is using one set of credentials to login to my Gmail, Yahoo and Live accounts. In other words if Google is my “main” OpenID provider I should be able to use my GMail userid/password to login to Yahoo and Windows Live. If the big guns accept each others credentials that would be huge in terms of the concept actually working. Will that eventually happen? Hard to say - I mean can you imagine Microsoft WIndows Live accepting Google credentials :) ?

Unlike the pessimism expressed here IMO the big players will eventually come together and adopt some kind of open authentication standard - may not be OpenID - where they will accept each others credentials.

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age of conan gold 12.02.08 at 9:31 am

As the number of OpenID-enabled users increases, its becoming more important for website operators to accept OpenID to facilitate registration and login.

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