Microsoft Makes Sender ID Framework Available under OSP

Microsoft says its Sender ID Framework specification for e-mail authentication is available under the company's Open Specification Promise, an irrevocable promise to every individual in the world that they can make use of the covered Microsoft technology easily and for free. Microsoft is committed to working with the IT industry to help protect users and businesses from the blight of online threats. Sender ID aims to help stop the spread of spam, phishing scams, malware and other online exploits in e-mail by helping address domain spoofing, a tactic used in over 95 percent of all exploits where the name in the "To:" line of the e-mail is forged. Approved by the Internet Engineering Task Force as an experimental Request for Comment this past April, Sender ID gives customers greater certainty about the origin of an e-mail message and enables legitimate senders to more clearly distinguish themselves from spammers and online criminals.

After nearly two years of worldwide deployment to more than 600 million users, Sender ID already enjoys broad industry support. The application of the OSP will promote further industry interoperability by making the e-mail authentication framework more clearly available to the entire Internet ecosystem, including customers, partners, Internet service providers, registrars and the developer community, no matter what model they use - commercial, open source or academic.

Helping developers build innovative and interoperable solutions regardless of the development or licensing model, Sender ID is the third area of technology now available under the OSP. Microsoft first announced the availability of an OSP for Web services specifications in September 2006 and extended the OSP to Virtual Hard Disk Image Format specifications earlier in October 2006.

Microsoft continues to work with others in the industry to deliver products that are interoperable by design and provide access to its technologies through such avenues as the open source project for the development of Microsoft Office Open XML and OpenDocument file format translators, technical collaborations with AOL and Yahoo! for instant messaging interoperability, and the CodePlex community development portal.

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