Microsoft TrustBridge Resurfaces

Redmond's not ready to issue public pronouncements on its federated-identity-management strategy. But the TechEd slides tell it all.

SAN DIEGO — Its been two years since Microsoft issued any official pronouncements on "TrustBridge," its collection of federated-identity-management technologies slated to go head-to-head with compteing technologies backed by the Liberty Alliance.

When Microsoft went public with its TrustBridge plans in June 2002, Redmond officials said to expect the first TrustBridge deliverables to hit in 2003 and published a "Federated Security and Identity Roadmap" document (which the company has since removed from its Web site).

But TrustBridge has been a complete no-show. Until now.

At the TechEd 2004 conference here this week, Microsoft execs offered an updated look at where TrustBridge is now, and how Microsoft plans to deliver new products that take advantage of the concept.

Microsoft has merged its Active Directory and federated services teams, company officials acknowledged. This is the team that is now spearheading the TrustBridge work. But, beyond that point, Microsoft officials declined repeated requests for comment on TrustBridge specifics.

Despite the lack of direct comment, Microsoft officials said plenty during presentations at TechEd here.