Federated Identity has been mainstream for some time. There are so many talented folks blogging on the latest advancements, that I seldom feel the need to chime in. But this week, there is News that warrants all the attention we can give it.
A Community Technology Preview of the WIF (Windows Identity Foundation) Extension for the SAML 2.0 Protocol has been released. The announcement at the Microsoft TechEd North America 2011 conference in Atlanta addressed a major request from the ASP.NET development community.
This WIF Extension enables development of .NET applications that comply with the SP-Lite Operational Mode for direct interaction with SAML 2.0 conformant Identity Providers, like ADFS 2.0. Here are some of the key new features.
- Service Provider initiated and Identity Provider initiated Web Single Sign-on (SSO) and Single Logout (SLO)
- Support for the Redirect, POST, and Artifact bindings
The call is going out for ASP.NET developers to test drive the CTP. Since this is a technology preview release, it offers an outstanding opportunity to provide feedback and influence the final product functionality.
And just in case you still don’t think that this event is newsworthy … see what Vittorio Bertocci, the .NET developer’s best friend, has to say about how many times he has been asked for this.
Please try out the CTP release of the WIF Extension for SAML 2.0 Protocol. Let us know what you think, and help Microsoft to make your life easier.