Today Microsoft released beta 2 of "Geneva," open platform that dramatically simplifies user access and secure collaboration across organizational boundaries.
Code Name “Geneva” is Microsoft’s user access platform for developers and IT professionals that helps simplify access to applications and other systems with an open claims-based model. “Geneva” helps simplify user access for developers by externalizing user access from applications via claims and reducing development effort with pre-built security logic and integrated .NET tools. “Geneva” helps IT efficiently deploy and manage new applications by reducing custom implementation work, centralizing and standarizing access management across the enterprise, helping establish a consistent security model, and facilitating seamless collaboration between organizations.
“Geneva” includes three components for enabling claims-based access. Beta 2 of the following components are now available for public evaluation:
- "Geneva" Server security token service (STS) supports the WS-Trust, WS-Federation, and SAML 2.0 protocols to enable secure single sign-on across organizations, platforms, and applications.
- Windows CardSpace “Geneva” for helping users navigate access decisions and for developers to build customer authentication experiences for users
- “Geneva” Framework for building .NET applications that use claims to make user access decisions