eBay to drop Microsoft's Passport

By Derek Sooman on December 30, 2004, 9:27 AM
Seemingly out of the blue, eBay have decided to ditch some Microsoft technology from their site. eBay will drop support for Microsoft's Passport and .NET Alerts by late January, with the Microsoft Passport button that is currently displayed on Sign In pages being replaced with links to a page with more information.

The announcement came with practically no warning; however, in recent months, it had become much more difficult to sign up for alerts through Microsoft's .NET services as the pages to do so were buried on eBay's site.

Users still wishing to receive alerts will have to sign up for eBay's own mobile phone alerts or the eBay Toolbar, which will display .NET-like alerts when the user's auction is about to end, is outbid, or is the winner.


Microsoft was of course disappointed by eBay's decision to can the Passport support and .NET Alerts, but not that or even God himself can seemingly stop them from pushing their .NET framework as the future of business-to-consumer interaction.




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marshallf3 said:
It figures, the eBay website has become so complicated it's nearly impossible navigate. Quite a few existing links are now redirected and some don't go anywhere at all. Perhaps the worst thing is the amount of memory MSIE must use for each "page view" and due to what I understand is a flaw in IE it never releases all of it when you navigate to another page. This results in an active IE window holding on to over 100 MB of memory after you've viewed only a dozen or so eBay listings, which then causes that window slows to a crawl.I for one am tired of having to kill and restart an IE window to effectively browse the eBay website.
Phantasm66 said:
That sounds dreadful. Its poor and sloppy development, done that way because its cheaper or easier and not because it benefits the consumer.
Astro said:
Marshall have you tried using Firefox to view it?
EmanuelZorg said:
The wording of this article is bizarre! Are you a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft? If you visit news.google.com and look at the related headlines, they are along the lines of "Ebay latest to drop Passport," or "Microsoft to stop touting Passport." Far from being out of the blue, nobody appears to care about Passport. Whether this is because nobody trusts Microsoft to do the job or because their pricing model was loopy, I don't know. But I do know that the weird anti-Ebay slant of this article and the first two comments is out of touch with the reality of Passport going down in flames.
marshallf3 said:
I've tried Firefox on eBay but it tends to crash. All in all I haven't had the best luck with it but that's probably because I'm running Win2K Advanced Server on this machine. In my opinion Passport was a novel idea when it first came out but the only place I ever use it is to sign into Microsoft's developer website. Let's face it - it's not a good idea to have any "one" password for multiple uses. If you accidentally get hit by a phishing scam or a trojan keylogger whoever gets your password is bound to try it all over the place, and if your username ends with @hotmail.com or @msn.com they're going to go to all the known passport sites first.
Phantasm66 said:
[b]Originally posted by EmanuelZorg:[/b][quote]The wording of this article is bizarre! Are you a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft? If you visit news.google.com and look at the related headlines, they are along the lines of "Ebay latest to drop Passport," or "Microsoft to stop touting Passport." Far from being out of the blue, nobody appears to care about Passport. Whether this is because nobody trusts Microsoft to do the job or because their pricing model was loopy, I don't know. But I do know that the weird anti-Ebay slant of this article and the first two comments is out of touch with the reality of Passport going down in flames.[/quote]Absolutely none of the things you say - whether they can be misinterpreted easily or not - were intended. We have no regard for Microsoft and / or eBay in any way.
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