Evaluate Microsoft Code Name “Geneva” beta 2 today

The Moon and Venus over Geneva Code Name “Geneva” is Microsoft’s user access platform for developers and IT professionals that helps simplify access to applications and other systems with an open claims-based model. 

“Geneva” helps simplify user access for developers by externalizing user access from applications via claims and reducing development effort with pre-built security logic and integrated .NET tools.

“Geneva” helps IT efficiently deploy and manage new applications by reducing custom implementation work, centralizing and standarizing access management across the enterprise, helping establish a consistent security model, and facilitating seamless collaboration between organizations.

Users can benefit through single sign-on and seamless collaboration across organizational boundaries. “Geneva” includes built-in interoperability via open industry standards and claims, and implements the industry Identity Metasystem vision for open and interoperable identity. When you download the latest beta software, you’re automatically registered to access valuable beta resources assembled in one convenient location.

“Geneva” includes three components for enabling claims-based access. Beta 2 of the following components are now available for public evaluation:

  • “Geneva” Server security token service (STS) supports the WS-Trust, WS-Federation, and SAML 2.0 protocols to enable secure single sign-on across organizations, platforms, and applications.
  • Windows CardSpace “Geneva” for helping users navigate access decisions and for developers to build customer authentication experiences for users
  • “Geneva” Framework for building .NET applications that use claims to make user access decisions

Head on over to


to download the Geneva code or a pre-built Geneva virtual machine.



Thomas W Shinder, M.D., MCSE
Sr. Consultant / Technical Writer

Prowess Consulting www.prowessconsulting.com

PROWESS CONSULTING | Microsoft Forefront Security Specialist
Email: [email protected]
MVP – Forefront Edge Security (ISA/TMG/IAG)

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