PASSPORT.COM v GMAIL scandal
Yes, I can confirm it is true. Microsoft's passport.com will not accept an @gmail.com address when registering, despite their declaration that "you can use any existing e-mail address from any e-mail provider when you create your credentials for Windows Live ID"
So, I enter my gmail address and I see....
AND, The site will not accept my (admittedly strong) pass phrase which is 26 characters. The site will not accept more than 16 characters.
But it gets worse. The site does not allow the characters that I did manage to type (which consisted only of letters and spaces)... I hope you'll forgive me for removing my (private) gmail address:
Ok, so I click on the "What characters are allowed?" hyperlink, and what do I see?
I finally managed to get the relevant Help content to load, and what do I see? I ask you, can you see *anything* related to "what characters are allowed" in the proffered content?
You know what? This really sucks... What the hell is the use of a long CAPTCHA if you're going to lock out gmail and restrict password complexity?