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||Microsoft - Clear Leaders in the Race for Digital Identity
One of the less obvious trends of the last five years has been the race to own people's "digital identities". It started in earnest with Facebook and Gmail and it soon spread to Apple and LinkedIn.
More recently, we've seen Microsoft and IBM jumping on the bandwagon and I think that's when I started to realise that there was much more to this than simply "targeted advertising".
Quiet Beginnings At this point, I'm not sure that all of the founding companies in this revolution fully understand what is going on - and indeed, there are many companies out there today who are still using digital identities simply as a means of easily logging people onto their systems, storing user preferences and targeting advertising.
Certainly that was the original plan on our own systems.
Taking it to the next level Digital identity is the cornerstone in any form of electronic ledger system. It's one of the key foundations of commerce.
People don't make significant investments with untrustworthy partners. If you don't personally trust them, then at least your bank trusts their bank.
Take away the banks and you take away the trust - unless you can find another party with trusted connections to both sides in the commercial arrangement.
Having an agreement that a transaction actually took place is important but provided that both sides of the transaction have an "unalterable ledger" it’s not too big a leap.
The real trick, particularly in the identity theft minefield of today’s electronic world, comes in proving that the parties involved were really who they said they were.
The Race is onSo, how do you prove identity on a global scale? Well, the banks certainly have their checklists of Category A and B documents but these only serve to prove your identity to them. Their identity information is not shared and it's certainly not publicly available.
You can’t lean on the bank’s trust and/or authentication for non-banking systems.
You’d think that a government agency would step in and take ownership of identity but obviously that’s not going to happen on a global scale. What could happen is that governments could agree on a common API to allow the verification of identity. If that’s going to happen, it’s still a long way off.
True, shared global identity is clearly going to come from the private sector.
The real question is, who will become the predominant player in that space? While the global digitial identities will need to be shared, having the lion's share of the identities means that you have unprecedented control over the nature and structure of the APIs, plus of course, any additional services, such as advertising.
At one point, I would have thought that Google was in the best spot but at the moment, seeing how the Windows, XBox, Office 365 and OneDrive logins are all starting to drift towards a single digital identity with biometrics provided by the Cortana AI. My bet is in Microsoft.
... and given that Microsoft is starting to offer blockchain development services via Azure, how long will it be before we can build our blockchains using Microsoft's digital identity as a "Category A" document?
Nov 17, 2016
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Thoughts on the Microsoft Surface Book 4|
Mon, Jun 19th 2017 9:40p Gavin Bollard
I've spent the last couple of months on Microsoft's Surface Book 4 (i7) and I've had enough time to form an opinion. I generally hate laptops but I've found the Surface Book to be fast enough and easy enough to do the majority of my work on. The touchscreen is very responsive and I love being able to detach the tablet from the base - though admittedly, I rarely have a good business reason to do it. We ordered around 45 of the devices all at once. One was DOA and another had batteries in th
How to Split SharePoint Document Libraries to Simplify Synching|
Sun, Apr 30th 2017 10:54p Gavin Bollard
In my last post, I talked about how you need to split your SharePoint document libraries into smaller chunks in order to synch them. In this post, I'm going to assume that you made the same mistake that I made and put too many documents into the one document library. In my case, I have an IT Team SharePoint site which holds all of our IT documents. It makes sense to keep all our IT documents together. For the most part, the site doesn't need to be synched anywhere because it's mostly a stora
Using SharePoint with OneDrive as a File Server (for Ex-Domino Admins and Traditionalists)|
Mon, Apr 24th 2017 6:33a Gavin Bollard
Over the past few months, I've been looking at a whole range of options to do with file storage on the basis that Microsoft's OneDrive simply doesn't do what we need. The whole time of course, I've been unable to shake the feeling that Microsoft should be offering something that already covers this space. After all, file sharing is one of the major "tentpoles" in most Windows networks. As it turns out, SharePoint is the answer to this - and it works well if it's playing nicely with OneD
Migrating Mail from IBM Notes and Verse to Microsoft Outlook on Office 365 - Part 2|
Tue, Apr 4th 2017 6:14a Gavin Bollard
Last time on Real World Computing, I talked about migrating mail from IBM Notes and Verse to Microsoft Office 365. Now it's time for Part 2. Mail RoutingWe did routing in two parts. Initially we had MX records for both IBM and Microsoft with Microsoft having the higher number (which means lower priority). After the cutover date we switched the priorities so that Microsoft Office 365 had the higher priority. One of the cool things about Microsoft’s setup is that they give you two domains, o
Migrating Mail from IBM Notes and Verse to Microsoft Outlook on Office 365 - Part 1|
Fri, Mar 31st 2017 11:05p Gavin Bollard
It was always just a matter of time. Eventually we were going to have to make the jump from IBM to Microsoft. It's not that IBMs software isn't good. It's very good. It's simply that IBM is the Beta to Microsoft's VHS. Technically the IBM product line is far superior but on the surface, IBMs poor UI will never match the incredible pull of Microsoft's polished Office 365 offerings. We're just finishing a mail migration from IBM Notes/Verse to Microsoft Outlook, which we did entirely in-ho
How to Set up Rooms Properly in Office 365 - Part 2 (Extending Booking Time)|
Tue, Mar 21st 2017 4:01p Gavin Bollard
Following on from Part 1 where I talked about how to get rooms to show up in the room list, here's the next step where we extend the booking time from the default of 180 days. Why is there a limit?In most circumstances, a limit makes perfect sense. It stops employees from booking meeting rooms for years in advance and then leaving the company. In our case, it's actually fairly common to book the meeting schedule up to about 18 months into the future - so the 180 day (6 month) limit is quite r
How to use PowerShell to Change the Email Address of Office 365 Groups|
Fri, Mar 10th 2017 9:34p Gavin Bollard
One of the odd things about Office 365 is how much you have to resort to PowerShell to get things done. That's currently the case with the Office365 Groups, a recently introduced type of group that works particularly well across all of the Office365 applications. I've been setting a few things up with Office365 groups lately and I've had two instances where I needed to do some renames. Once was when the people who asked for the group changed their mind about the name and the other was when
How to Set up Rooms Properly in Office 365|
Tue, Feb 21st 2017 7:53a Gavin Bollard
You'd think that setting rooms up in Office 365 would be a simple matter of going to the Office 365 Admin console, expanding Resources, clicking on Rooms and Equipment and then using the Add Button This works but it doesn't do everything. If you want your rooms to appear in the Room List (and to show available times), you'll have to use PowerShell to put them there. Finding AnswersSo... I spent a while trying to find the answers without a whole lot of luck. I think that coming from the No
Solving Some Azure Active Directory User Synchronisation Issues on Office 365 |
Sat, Feb 18th 2017 10:46p Gavin Bollard
We started moving over to Office 365 quite a while before we decided to ditch Notes mail and move to Outlook. It was also my plan to get rid of our internal active directory server and rely solely on the cloud for authentication. As it turned out, management wanted to keep the AD server a little longer, so we've had to synchronise our onsite accounts with the Office 365 ones. The synchronisation processes immediately created duplicates (and sometimes triplicates) of users. The journey to re
OneDrive to Rule them all ... or perhaps not.|
Mon, Feb 6th 2017 12:02p Gavin Bollard
Microsoft OneDrive is great! It's easy to use too and has some really great integration into Office 2016 - which means that when you go to save or open files, instead of displaying a file dialog, it renders the folder names right into the panel. Sadly the sharepoint integration in Office 2016 is still dialog-based. On the surface, it looks like a great files storage solution but as it turns out, just like Tolkien's OneRing, beneath that shiny surface, OneDrive is mostly evil. At work, we'