Microsoft Opens Up Sender ID

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 10:36 am

Microsoft’s Sender ID e-mail authentication technology can now be used without fear of the software giant’s intellectual property lawyers.

The Redmond, Wash., 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.

The move is part of an effort to promote interoperability among commercial and open-source software products, and among Internet access providers that utilize e-mail authentication, Microsoft said in a statement.

Sender ID is a caller ID-like system for e-mail meant to help fight spam and related cyberscams such as phishing. Microsoft has been pushing the technology for a couple of years as a partial solution to junk e-mail. Intellectual property issues around the technology have flared up in the past as a roadblock to adoption.

Source: News.com


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