Does anyone know how/where you can apply for Microsoft to recognize you as a certificate authority?
Your question is a little unclear. Are you asking how you can issue your own SSL certificates?
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He does want to sign his own certs, but he wants to sell them to other people similar to Verisign, I think. But I think he wants to know how to become a Certified Certificate Authority. To stop those stupid, untrusted authority messages in browsers.
No, he means a Root Authority (thats how its called if you are giving out SSL certificates yourself. (like the big guys). Everyone can start its own Root Authority for SSL certificates but its useless unless companies like Microsoft are adding you as the root authority to their browser.
How to play that game; no idea, why not use an established root authority and resell their certificates ?
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I think you need some form of insurace befor you can become a signed root authority. Also you would probably require your own server, and im sure there are lots of other conditions on reciving the root authority too.
However this is just what i am thinking. Try and contact microsft directly?