Windows 7 - What Is Directory Service

Asked By News Individual Net on 11-Nov-08 03:12 PM
In Windows Mail, Tools, Accounts, an item is listed "Directory Service".
And under Directory Service there are two items ; Active Directory and
Verisign Internet Directory Service.  What is a directory service, and what
is Verisign?  Thanks.

Gary VanderMolen replied on 11-Nov-08 03:34 PM
Those services are useful only in a corporate setting.
In a large organization, you can't possibly have everyone in your
Contacts list, so the directory service does a lookup by name,
like a telephone book. However, for ordinary users it is not
useful and can even slow things down. I routinely delete any
directory services.

Gary VanderMolen, MS-MVP (Mail)