Microsoft adds StartCom as Windows root certificate authority

Microsoft added StartCom Ltd to the list of trusted Windows Root Certificate Program, who issues amongst others free Class 1 digital certificates. What this means in practice is that out-of-the-box in Windows 7 and if installed as an optional patch under Windows Vista and XP, free digital certificates issued by StartCom’ll be inherently trusted by the operating system and its […]

Microsoft added StartCom Ltd to the list of trusted Windows Root Certificate Program, who issues amongst others free Class 1 digital certificates. What this means in practice is that out-of-the-box in Windows 7 and if installed as an optional patch under Windows Vista and XP, free digital certificates issued by StartCom’ll be inherently trusted by the operating system and its applications. Besides simple identification, one other benefit delivered by digital certificates is the ability to transparently encrypt and secure the connection to a server via HTTPS and this is what makes what Microsoft did so notable. With StartCom as a Windows root CA, web developers now have a practical free alternative for digital certificates if they wish to secure their websites or web services that by default works with Internet Explorer and other Windows applications, noted.