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MS Sender ID Re-Gains AOL Support

Posted: 26th Oct, 2004 By: MarkJ
Microsoft has made a number of changes to its e-mail identification technology, Sender ID, including the removal of patent claims and SPF compatibility improvements. Happily the alterations have been enough to re-gain the support of global ISP AOL:

The software giant said Monday that it has rewritten Sender ID -- a specification for verifying the authenticity of email with Internet Protocol records -- to address criticisms of the spec's earlier incarnation. Among other changes, Microsoft removed language in its pending patents for Sender ID that could have included claims to Sender Permitted From, or SPF, a widely used system for email authentication that was merged with Microsoft's CallerID for Email to create Sender ID, according to Microsoft's Ryan Hamlin.

"We wanted to complete what we started," said Hamlin, general manager for Microsoft's safety technology and strategy group. Microsoft has resubmitted the specification to the Internet Engineering Task Force, a technical standards body.


It now remains to be seen if Microsoft's changes are enough to comfort the open-source community, although early signs look good. More @ ZDNet.
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