In order to register a Microsoft product, you must get a .NET Passport. There are no alternative methods. I don’t want to support Passport because I’m uncomfortable with Microsoft being in the ID business — and if I’m wrong, then I’ll fall back simply on “I don’t want one because I don’t want one” — so now I don’t get the benefits of registration (whatever those might be).
Isn’t this coercive behavior? Can’t someone please sue them? Thank you.