Jamie Thomson

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WTF? The Internet Explorer community doesn’t use LiveID

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I’ve just installed Windows 7 (more on that later) in which I started checking out IE8 and, more specifically, web slices.

Turns out there is a community dedicated to IE 8 at www.ieaddons.com where one can talk about and review the best web slices and accelerators (both are new features of IE8):


If I want to leave my own reviews then, of course, I have to register with the service. I’m amazed to find though that login isn’t via our Windows Live ID, we need a completely new username and password. This is a stupid decision in so so many ways I’m baffled as to why its been done. Can anyone out there from Microsoft explain it?

Think what benefits logging in would have brought and could have brought in the future:

  • Login using a username/password that most people using IE already have
  • Reviews that a person makes could appear on http://home.live.com
  • The developers of this site have spent time and money building their own identity system when one already exists. one that is built by the same company.

Needless to say I didn’t register!



Written by Jamiet

January 10, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I totally agree with you on this one Jamie! I sometimes think that these things tend to happen in a very large organisation such as Microsoft where everyone is working on different projects. But your Live ID should be now used across the board.


    January 10, 2009 at 6:42 pm

  2. I do agree but every has to make money some how so if we all send emails to the programmers they might wake up but who knows. Im still lost with this computer stuff wanting to help others and make a bisnes so i my self can eat ok ya no. 1 or 2 keys at a time wont get me there ow well.

    willaim Floyed

    January 10, 2009 at 8:37 pm

  3. Agreed


    January 10, 2009 at 10:11 pm

  4. IE Addons is there since IE7 IINM.But yes, many Microsoft sites still used their own identity systems, which is a shame. At least the maker should show the way as much as possible.Even the Windows 7 site still used RegSys instead of the new authentication system (albeit, it also uses Windows Live ID). I guess it showed implementation is really difficult in site that big with that much stakeholders.


    January 10, 2009 at 10:19 pm

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