When I joined Microsoft in 1996 I worked with a certain Hervey Wilson before he headed off to join the product group in Redmond. Last week I was skim-watching a bunch of Azure content from PDC and who should show up but Hervey talking about using WIF with Azure to enable Single Sign-On for applications. Whic is odd – as back in the late 90s I was talking about Single Sign-On and the BackOffice Logo. I digress.
TBH I skimmed through Hervey's session rather too quickly, got a little confused, jumped over to Vittorio Bertocci’s WIF introductory talk at PDC and then … gave up. I concluded that I needed to look at the whole WIF thing another time – and ideally in a more structured way than just watching a PDC session :-)
The good news is there is a much more structured way to learn about WIF and Azure. We have a hands on lab Federated Authentication in a Windows Azure Web Role Application (or check out the standalone version of the lab) which is available as part of the identity developer training kit and channel9 training course. It provides step-by-step guides for creating a Windows Azure application accepting identities from an external identity provider, leaving you free to focus on the business function of your application. Enjoy!