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Microsoft’s identification system starts a beta version in the Bitcoin network

June 11, 2020

Microsoft’s decentralized identity network, ION, first announced in May, is in beta test on the Bitcoin network.

In a blog post on June 10, Daniel Buchner, program manager of the Microsoft Identity team, said this The open source and layer 2 identity overlay network (ION) has been released. The goal is to provide users with a decentralized identifier (DID) that can replace the need for user names.

ION was developed together with the Decentralized Identity Foundation as a decentralized network for independent operationand does not depend on “special utility tokens, trust validator nodes or additional consensus mechanisms”.

Microsoft’s identification system starts a beta version in the Bitcoin networkMicrosoft’s identification system starts a beta version in the Bitcoin network

“The central promise of DID technology is to give all individuals and companies the opportunity to own and control their identityThis fits well with our mission to empower everyone to work, play and achieve more, “said Buchner.” To fulfill this promise, we have chosen a different path than some of the more central approaches to DID technology, and we believe this ION illustrates this choice. “

Microsoft has not yet set a release date for the final version.However, he said that he would work in the coming months to streamline the protocol and improve the implementation of the ION reference.

Microsoft continues its blockchain series

Cointelegraph reported in May that The technology giant had announced its new Azure Blockchain service along with the Azure Blockchain Development Kit for the Ethereum blockchain.

It is not the only company that recognizes the potential of DID technology. In contrast to Microsoft SideTree, ConsenSys uses the ethr DID blockchain agnostic protocol for its own DID.