Microsoft No Longer Blocking Gecko Users From Getting a Passport

Monday September 9th, 2002

Doron writes: "Mozilla is now unblocked from Passport fully. Kudos to Susie 'blink' Wyshak for nagging Microsoft enough to get all Gecko clients unblocked and able to register!" For a long time, users of Gecko-based browsers could log in to Microsoft .NET Passport services but were blocked from registering for a new Passport. Now this latter restriction has been lifted and Gecko users can sign up for a Passport without being told to 'upgrade' to Netscape Communicator 4.08. Read bug 141279 for the details.

#1 Hm...

by turi

Monday September 9th, 2002 2:17 PM

...does that mean it's not sufficiant anymore to install mozilla on my clients computer in order to prevent them from signing up to passport? Time to adjust the firewall... ;)

#2 cool but no thanks

by jilles

Monday September 9th, 2002 3:31 PM

It's nice that MS has changed their policy of trying to ignore mozilla. A small victory. No doubt the reason is that many AOL users are now using gecko. Getting AOL users on MSN no doubt is a top priority at MS. I have no illusions about MS suddenly willing to support standards.

#3 If only MSN Gaming Zone would support Mozilla..

by PsychoCS

Monday September 9th, 2002 9:32 PM

They are currently working on supporting Netscape Navigator version 6.0 apparently.

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#4 MSN Chat?

by yamcha666

Monday September 9th, 2002 9:53 PM

But apparently the demons of Redmond still refuse to let us Gecko users login and use their Chat ( service. And the funny thing is... I'm running Win2k with Mozilla 1.1. They won't even let their own customers use their chat software. Damn ActiveX.

#5 Re: MSN Chat?

by lgladen

Tuesday September 10th, 2002 12:48 AM

Using a recent build of mozilla (2002090608) in combination with Adam Locke's precoompiled activeX plugin avaialble here: and the UA sidebar available here: I am able to use the msn chat plugin. It is not perfect, as bits of the screen surronding the chat box are black, but it is quite usable, especially if one has used it before in IE. I set the UA to be netscape Navigator 4, to get past the MS redirect, then reset it after I leave chat.

#6 Passport password entry

by GAThrawn

Tuesday September 10th, 2002 3:57 AM

It's just a pity hat they've changed the design of Hotmail/Passport's password re-entry screen so that Mozilla's password manager no longer recognizes it and automatically enters your password.

By that I mean the page you get when you're already logged into Passport on your current session and then attempt to (re)visit Hotmail.

I guess Microsoft are playing a game of "swings and roundabouts" with us.

#7 Re: Passport password entry

by Trucoto

Tuesday September 10th, 2002 7:18 AM

And the cookie of "keep me logged" doesn't work either. I have to reenter my password each time I check my Hotmail account.

#8 other TE-Problems...

by TheK

Tuesday September 10th, 2002 9:12 AM

there's a big number of TE-Bugs in Bugzilla, but many many of them are fixed since a long time, as nobody had the time to look again. Also there are many problems, which only need some mail. Who wan*t to help? :)

#9 User-agent?

by nicka

Tuesday September 10th, 2002 9:16 AM

We just need to be able to spoof the user-agent!

#11 Re: User-agent?

by bamm

Tuesday September 10th, 2002 10:23 PM

Use general.useragent.override

But I won't recommend it. It will encourage the web site owner to /not/ support Mozilla. :(

#10 Why would you want to?

by mcrist

Tuesday September 10th, 2002 1:44 PM

Given Passport's poor security/privacy record, why would anyone want to use it? Better to pressure sites into using Liberty/XNS.

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by mgupta56

Friday December 24th, 2004 5:17 PM

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#13 Help with

by mgupta56

Friday December 24th, 2004 5:17 PM

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