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What is Microsoft Passport?
Microsoft Passport consists of two services: a Single Sign-in service that allows members to use a single name and password to sign-in to a growing number of participating Web sites, and a Wallet service that members can use to make fast, convenient online purchases.
Kids Passport, an optional feature of the single sign-in service, offers you an easily implemented, turnkey solution for obtaining parental consent to collect or disclose a child's personal information. This facilitates your Web site's compliance with the parental-consent requirements of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). You can choose to use just one or the other, according to your needs.
By using Passport, members can help control what information they provide to Web sites and how it is used. Passport can also help your online business increase revenue and build stronger relationships with consumers by streamlining purchases, improving targeting, and promoting privacy.
What is the Single Sign-in and Profile Service?
The Single Sign-in service allows members to create one sign-in name and password that they can conveniently use on your Web site and across all participating Passport sites. That means there's only one name and password to remember. To sign-in to your site, members click a Sign-In link we provide for you. After they sign in, the link changes to a Sign Out link that members can click to sign out.
Additionally, you can also personalize your Web site based on the information in the Passport sign-in profile that each member creates with the Passport. (The sign-in profile contains the member's country, state, postal code, and other information.) The sign-in profile is sent to you automatically when a member signs in to your Web site.
Kids Passport is available to Web sites participating in the Single Sign-in service. With this service you can avoid the deployment and management costs associated with creating your own parental-consent systems, and it can help you comply with the parental consent requirements of COPPA. Additionally, it can help you increase visibility and attract young visitors. Kids Passport provides flexible implementation options, so you can tailor the service to serve your specific needs.
What is the Wallet Service?
The Wallet service makes shopping online easy, fast, and convenient for visitors to your Web site. Your customers will no longer have to complete long order forms to make a purchase on your site. When a customer has stored credit card and address information in the Passport Wallet, making a purchase at any participating site is as easy as choosing which card and address to use, without having to retype them.
To make a purchase, consumers click a Passport Wallet button or Passport branded text link next to the product they want to purchase. The button or link takes them to their Passport Wallet page, which prominently features your branding and text. You also determine the background color and font styles of the page, and also additional purchase fields. Consumers select the credit card and shipping address to use for the purchase, and then send the information to you to complete the transaction.