Google Becomes OpenID Provider

Kara Reeder

Google is joining the OpenID movement, announcing its support for the OpenID 2.0 protocol, reports CNET News. Now GMail users can sign in to sites such as Plaxo, AOL, MySpace and Zoho using existing Google account information rather than setting up a new account.


Yahoo and Microsoft have jumped on the bandwagon, too.


While you cannot log on to Google with your Yahoo account yet, this TechCrunch article in The Washington Post points out that Google's membership "helps the OpenID movement as a whole because it gives smaller sites more incentive to join as 'relying parties.'"

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