There is a debate raging inside Microsoft, and I’d like to get some feedback from our customers. Currently, Microsoft makes a great deal of guidance available to its customers via its web site. Some of this content can be downloaded anonymously, but some of it requires authentication (and therefore registering for credentials on the site). This is similar to other companies (Cisco comes to mind immediately), but there is some question whether we should be requiring authentication for any content. We are especially whether security content should require registration/authentication, especially given that the security people who would gain the most from the security guidance we provide are the same people who are the most paranoid about privacy and security, etc. (Hey, I’m the same way!)
So, the question is: if there was valuable security advisory material available for free on a trusted website, would you register and create credentials in order to obtain that content? What if you had to get (or use) a Microsoft Passport account: would that change your mind?
Please respond either in the comments to this post or via the contact link, and thanks in advance for your help!