January 3, 2005

So much for the dreaded Passport

tjhanson writes "This has got to be good news. Passport was supposedly the way Microsoft was going to dominate the Internet. It looks like few were fooled by the "Trojan Horse" that was Passport.

"The Redmond software company said Wednesday it would stop trying to persuade Web sites to use its Passport service, which stores consumers' credit-card and other information as Internet users surf from place to place."

"As for major merchants, they were concerned about letting Microsoft stand between them and their customers. They feared the company that controlled more than 90 percent of the world's desktop computers might one day charge a toll on e-commerce transactions.

In the end, old-fashioned competition may have doomed Passport.""

Link: seattletimes.nwsource.com

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