Microsoft disclosed the availability of the new test release at TechEd. Geneva Server, previously referred to as the "Zermatt" project, runs a security token service that issues and transforms claims to help manage user identities for authentication. Microsoft announced the first beta of Geneva Server in late October at its Professional Developers Conference (PDC). Geneva is a critical component in bridging Microsoft's cloud-based Azure Services Platform and its own Active Directory with other federated identity management platforms. "Geneva's our open platform for providing simplified user access to applications and systems, whether they are on-premise or in the cloud," said Brendan Foley, group product manager at Microsoft, in a phone interview.
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