Ever since the Windows Live ID Web Authentication SDK was announced a couple of months ago, many people have asked when there would be a solution for WSS 3.0 or MOSS 2007 to authenticate Windows Live ID users. Well, it didn't take long for Keith Bunge, a developer with Solanite Consulting and contractor extraordinaire to several SharePoint projects at Microsoft, to develop a solution and actually dogfood it on his own blog site. I quickly recruited him to join the CKS project, and he has subsequently updated the initial version of his solution to be released now as CKS: Windows Live Authentication.
The CKS:WLA is a membership provider that extends the SharePoint user base to include some of the 350+ million users around the world with active Windows Live IDs. It enables an administrator to add Windows Live ID users to a SharePoint site and provides a new “Authenticated Live Users” group that can be added to a SharePoint site via the People and Groups admin page.
This initial version of the CKS:WLA provider has the following features:
The CKS:WLA solution is available at https://www.codeplex.com/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ProjectName=CKS&ReleaseId=7746. Please provide feedback prefixed with "WLA" via the CKS Issue Tracker (for reproducible bug reports) or the CKS Discussions list (for Q&A and discussions).