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Azure Active Directory External Identities

Secure and manage customer and partner identities beyond your organization.

Simplify external identity management

Azure Active Directory External Identities, part of Microsoft Entra, provides highly secure digital experiences for partners, customers, citizens, patients, or any users outside your organization with customization controls. Combine external identities and user directories in one portal to seamlessly manage access across the organization.

Single sign-on simplifies external access to your apps from anywhere.

Conditional access and multifactor authentication help protect and govern access.

A single identity management platform lets you engage with internal and external users more securely.

Developer tools make it easy to integrate identity workflow into your apps and services.

Connect your workforce anywhere

Give both onsite and remote employees seamless access to all their apps so they can stay productive anywhere. Automate workflows for easy user lifecycle management and provisioning. Save admin time and resources with self-service identity management for external users.
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A list of apps in a user’s directory and the Salesforce app being managed.

Enable secure and seamless access to SaaS apps

Simplify access to thousands of pre-integrated software as a service (SaaS) applications with single sign-on from any location, on any device.

Protect and govern access

Safeguard user credentials by enforcing strong authentication and conditional access policies. Efficiently manage your external identities by ensuring that the right people have the right access to the right resources.
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Modules for individual customers, business customers and partners to sign in.

Engage with your customers and partners

Secure and manage customer and partner identities beyond your organization with one identity management solution. Customize user journeys and simplify authentication with any identity including social IDs.

Integrate identity workflow into your apps

Accelerate adoption of your enterprise application by supporting single sign-on and user provisioning. Reduce sign-in friction and automate the creation, removal, and maintenance of user accounts.
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Unify your identity infrastructure management

Simplify the experience of managing and securing your entire identity infrastructure—including Azure AD External Identities—with the Microsoft Entra admin center.

Comprehensive security and compliance, built in

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"Azure Active Directory B2C is a huge innovation enabler... Our development teams don't need to worry about authentication when creating applications. It's also less work for our staff to not have to manage multiple authentication systems."
Ralf Cichy, Project Manager, Zeiss
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