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I’m really excited about the news I get to share with you today!

Gartner released their Magic Quadrant for Identity and Access Management as a Service (IDaaS) for 2016 and Azure Active Directory was placed in the “leaders” quadrant, and positioned very strongly for our completeness of vision.

Gartner 2016 Magic Quadrant for Identity Mgmt as a Service

Gartner 2016 Magic Quadrant for Identity Management as a Service

We have worked with Gartner to make complimentary copies available which you can access here.

We’re thrilled with the result. It really validates our vision of providing a complete solution for hybrid identity and access for supporting employees, partners and customers all backed by world class security based on Microsoft’s intelligent security graph.  This result says a lot about our commitment in the identity and access management space but more importantly about our customers, implementation partners and ISV partners who have worked together with us. They have been awesome about sharing their time and energy every day, to make sure that the products and services we build meet their needs and are helping them position their companies to thrive in the emerging world of cloud and devices.

You might be surprised to know that Microsoft also is the only vendor in the Leader quadrant across Gartner’s Magic Quadrants for IDaaS, Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Server Virtualization, Application Platform as a Service, Cloud Storage Services, and as a leader across the data platform and productivity services. This really shows you why customers are choosing Microsoft across the full spectrum of cloud computing – our services are well integrated and also the among the best available in their individual categories.

Our effort doesn’t stop here. We have a lot of hard work ahead of us and we are planning to deliver more innovative capabilities to further improve our position in the “leaders” quadrant.

Best Regards,

Alex Simons (Twitter: @Alex_A_Simons)

Director of Program Management

Microsoft Identity Division