Windows Live ID fails to do its job, wastes my time

Until about 10 minutes ago I used my colleague’s Windows Live ID passport to get our Volume Licence stuff. To make things easier, I just signed up for my own Live ID using my address, and then filled out a profile, including things like my name, address, company, job title.

I then successfully log on to eOpen, and add the relevant licences. Then of course I want to download one of the applications, so I click on Product Downloads, and what do I see?


Microsoft Volume Licensing

WTF. I just filled out this information 2 minutes ago. Why can’t Microsoft pre-fill this information based on the information I just gave it! I thought the whole point of ‘Live ID’ passporty-thing was to make single-sign-on a reality and enable the sharing of information from a central repository.

What a load of crap. I really despair sometimes…

By Phil Wiffen

Phil is an IT Professional working in Cambridge, England. He generally blogs about useful solutions that he comes across in his work/play.

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