Microsoft Plans Integration of Blockchain into Authenticator App

Feb 14, 2018 at 11:28

Software development giant Microsoft revealed its plans to integrate Blockchain-based decentralized IDs (DIDs) into its Microsoft Authenticator app.

In a blog post made by the company, it expressed that it is looking to provide new a model of digital identity that would not be controlled by any centralized institution as well as to guarantee fully private data storage to enable individuals with full control of all elements of their digital identity.

 

Microsoft also noted that it considered various standards for decentralized identity systems but decided that Blockchain technology and protocols are well suited for its plans citing that public blockchains like Bitcoin, Ethereum and Litecoin provide a solid foundation for rooting DIDs, recording DPKI operations and anchoring attestations.

Adding DID support to the Microsoft Authenticator app that was launched in 2016 will enable the software with management of identity data and cryptographic keys.

Last year, a number of governments globally also expressed the possible adoption of Blockchain-based identity management systems to shift the control of data from the government or corporations to individual citizens.