Windows Live ID

I just noticed it today, while logging on to MSDN subscriber downloads. The Passport service, which is the main identity system for Microsoft's web sites, is using a new domain name. We are now redirected to instead of the old This is part of the move of many Microsoft web-based properties to the new, comprehensive Windows Live brand.

Although the web page at still show the Passport brand, this is expected to be renamed completely to Windows Live ID, which is already mentioned on the page as well. I guess this was done this way to ease the transition and avoid user confusion.

To see more Windows Live services, check Most of the new services are still in beta.

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