Mozilla Labs has released an alpha version of Account Manager, its latest project that takes on the problem of online authentication.
So there is a problem? Actually several. First of all, the process of logging on and off a web site is usually different from site to site, and it so common that becomes annoying over time to move around different interfaces for such simple actions as logging in and off.
So first thing Account Manager brings is a single user interface for connecting and disconnecting from web sites. It’s nothing too fancy right now as you can see in the screen shots.
Account Manager communicates with web sites and services to learn about their connect/disconnect methods, current logged on user, error handling and others through a new simple specification Mozilla is proposing and has opened to discussion with other interested parties.
Mozilla has also announced that Account Manager functionality will be integrated into Firefox “as soon as possible”.
Visit the Account Manager site to try the alpha extension which comes with built-in support for Facebook, Google, Yahoo!, Mozilla Add-ons, Mozilla Bugzilla, and GetPersonas.com.
Mozilla Labs’ Dan Mills talks about Account Manager in this brief video: