Azure Active Directory, now with Group Claims and Application Roles!

Howdy folks, Today I'm pleased to announce the preview release of two new features of the Azure AD authorization platform: group claims and application roles. As of Monday (12/15), 5565 third party and custom LOB applications (note: this number does not include the 2400+ SaaS apps in the Azure AD App Gallery) were being actively… Read more

Azure AD Connect: One simple, fast, lightweight tool to connect Active Directory and Azure Active Directory

Howdy folks, Back in August I posted a blog announcing the beta release of Azure AD Connect. Since then we have received a lot of feedback and made improvements in AAD Connect and AAD Sync, including multi forest support and password write back. The biggest thing we've learned from you, our customers and partners, is… Read more

Wrapping up the year with a boat load of Azure AD news!

Howdy folks It's been quite a year here for us on the Azure AD team. We now have over 4 million organizations using Azure AD and as of yesterday, we've just completed our 1 TRILLIONTH authentication. And with the general availability (GA) of Azure AD Premium and its inclusion in the Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS)… Read more

Improved Privacy for Azure AD MFA and Password Reset Phone Numbers

Howdy folks, Over the past few months, as more and more of you use the Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) and Self Service Password Reset (SSPR) capabilities of Azure AD Premium, you've requested and option to let employees keep the mobile phone numbers they are using for Azure MFA and Self Service Password Reset private so they… Read more

Accessing Azure AD connected apps on Android phones, iPhones, and iPads

Howdy folks, Two week ago I blogged about how your can solve issues with shared account management using our cool new password-based single sign-on (SSO) capability for groups. Today I want to let you know how you can get SSO to Azure AD connected SAAS apps, including password-based apps like Twitter and Facebook multiple devices,… Read more

Microsoft Identity Manager Public Preview is now available!

Howdy folks, Back in April, we blogged about the vNext release of Microsoft Identity Manager (a.k.a. "MIM", the product formerly known as Forefront Identity Manager). Today I have the privilege to let you know that we have released the first public preview of MIM. I've asked Sharon Laivand from our MIM PM team in Herzliya… Read more

Microsoft Acquires Aorato

Exciting news to share today! Early this morning, we closed on our agreement to acquire Aorato. Aorato has done some incredibly innovative work to use Active Directory to monitor and detect anomalous user behavior inside of corporate networks. You can read more about it in Takeshi’s blog post. Aorato will join us here in the… Read more

Azure AD the leader in KuppingerCole leadership compass + first case studies

Howdy folks, Catching up on some news your may have not been aware of with today's post. Azure AD the leader in KuppingerCole leadership compass report First, I'm excited to let you know that we were recently cited as the leader in the Cloud User and Access Management market by European analyst firm KuppingerCole. KuppingerCole… Read more

Azure AD now supports managing shared company accounts for Twitter, Facebook and more!

Howdy folks, Starting off for the week with a bang, we've just turned on a new set of features in Azure AD that give companies a simple way to manage access to their social media accounts on services like Twitter and Facebook. We've done this using our password based single sign-on capabilities. What is password… Read more

Azure AD ADAL .NET v3 libraries with Xamarin support now in preview!

Howdy folks, The TechEd Europe 2014 news just keeps on coming! Less than 2 months ago we announced the GA of version 2 of ADAL .NET, the development library that makes it easy to use Active Directory (both Azure and Windows Server) in your .NET, Windows Store and Windows Phone 8.1 applications. Today I am… Read more