Microsoft’s Sender ID e-mail authentication technology can now be used without fear of the software giant’s intellectual property lawyers. The company said Monday it is making the ‘Sender ID Framework’ available under its Open Specification Promise program. That means Microsoft will not sue anyone who creates products or services based on the e-mail technology.
Microsoft Sets Sender ID Free
Submitted by Shelton Bernds 2006-10-25 Microsoft 7 Comments
This is a good move.
They should have done this from the very start. It’s too late now: everybody associates Sender ID with the prorietary problems it had. Maybe Sender ID is a nice idea, and there is still some hope left, but the initiative already lost the momentum.
If at first no one will buy into your proprietary big brother technology you gotta try something else in the end!
…When no one uses Windows/Vista anymore, MS will release its source code, and no one will be interested anymore.
“Nearly two years after Sender ID’s launch, 36 percent of all legitimate e-mail sent worldwide uses the technology, via about 5 million domains, according to Microsoft data.”
I’d like to hear a bit more about the research that coughed-up these data. 36 percent? I’ve never come across any usage of this tech in the wild, though admittedly I might not know it if it bit me in the proverbials. And how did they define ‘legitimate’ email? It’s quite meaningless without some background.