Alex Rudloff from Emurse just pinged me that Netscape will formally launch their support for OpenID on Monday:
One of the most consistent pieces of feedback that we have received thus far is that we should look into allowing people to log in using their AOL accounts that are currently used for Netscape/AOL mail, were once used for the previous My.Netscape site, and are used throughout the AOL network.
You sent this feedback, and we have been listening. In conjunction with AOL announcing its role as an OpenID provider, and spurred by the rapid pace by which OpenID is being adopted on the Web, on Monday, March 26th, Netscape will not only support signing in with your current AOL screen name, but also OpenID as a way of accessing Netscape.com and My.Netscape.
This comes as no surprise given that Netscape’s parent company, AOL, is an OpenID identity provider and is building out places where you can use your AIM screenname to login.
Reporting on OpenID implementations lately has become akin to reporting that companies have discovered and are now starting to use HTML… there’s still a long way to go, but clearly this is the future foundation of identity-based services.