The last person commenting said:
"Throwing a tantrum and throwing toys
from the pram isn't going to help when
you need a Microsoft Passport account
to buy stuff from your favourite site."
Looking at it from a practical standpoint I hardly can see the day when a Passport account will become important. There might be a few merchants that use it but they will find out they are losing the business of persons wary of creating such an account. A lot of people out there a concerned about their privacy and once the rumors start going around that MS is using Passport to invade their privacy and control the world and so on...Passport won't stand a chance. Imagine how paranoid some people already about about simple web cookies. Haha. They even sell cookie-cleaning privacy software to the masses.
There is a certain "coolness" factor to things in this world and right now .Net and Passport are hot news items because they are new but looking down the road 10 years they could quite possibly be looked upon as being "cool" as Microsoft's Clippy and Bob, WFC, J++. Gee, now those were so cool! LOL.
Honestly, we're having to move all our office computers over to Linux just to get away from this endless cycle of foolishness. MS already perfected their desktop years ago and since has been screwing it up with special menu effects and other time-wasting drool. They lack innovation and their's really nothing truly new in .Net or anything else they are suggesting they lots of others have not thought of implementing.