VS2010WIF

Looking to get started building the next generation of applications using the Windows Identity Framework and Visual Studio 2010?

Windows Identity Foundation enables .NET developers to externalize identity logic from their application, improving developer productivity, enhancing application security, and enabling interoperability.  Enjoy greater productivity, applying the same tools and programming model to build on-premises software as well as cloud services.  Create more secure applications by reducing custom implementations and using a single simplified identity model based on claims.  Enjoy greater flexibility in application deployment through interoperability based on industry standard protocols, allowing applications and identity infrastructure services to communicate via claims.

Windows Identity Foundation is part of Microsoft's identity and access management solution built on Active Directory that also includes:

  • Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 (formerly known as "Geneva" Server): a security token service for IT that issues and transforms claims and other tokens, manages user access and enables federation and access management for simplified single sign-on
  • Windows CardSpace 2.0 (formerly known as Windows CardSpace "Geneva"): for helping users navigate access decisions and developers to build customer authentication experiences for users.

Check-out this blog post for some great tips and tricks for working with the new Windows Identity Framework and Visual Studio 2010 RC.

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