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Azure Active Directory

Identity and access management for the cloud

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Identity and access management for the cloud

Azure Active Directory is a comprehensive identity and access management cloud solution that provides a robust set of capabilities to manage users and groups. It helps secure access to on-premises and cloud applications, including Microsoft online services like Office 365 and many non-Microsoft SaaS applications. Azure Active Directory comes in 3 editions: Free, Basic, and Premium.

Microsoft is positioned as the leader in the cloud user and access management space at the KuppingerCole Leadership Compass.

Simplify user access to any cloud app

Enable single sign-on to simplify user access to thousands of cloud applications from Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS devices. Users can launch applications from a personalized web-based access panel or mobile app using their company credentials. With the Application Proxy module you can go beyond SaaS applications and publish on-premises web applications to provide secure remote access and single sign-on to them.

Convenience is essential to our users. They want to get into their applications and get their work done as quickly as possible. They can do that more easily with Azure Active Directory.

Toon Dillen, IT Manager, Dillen Bouwteam

Protect sensitive data and applications

Azure Multi-Factor Authentication prevents unauthorized access to both on-premises and cloud applications by providing an additional level of authentication. Protect your business and mitigate potential threats with security monitoring and alerts and machine learning-based reports that identify inconsistent access patterns.

Presence Health
"For physicians, every second counts. If they need to get into an application right away to view an x-ray, for example, they can do that quickly and securely with Azure Multi-Factor Authentication."

Mike Baran. System Director, Technology, Presence Health

Enable self-service for your employees

Delegate important tasks to your employees, such as resetting passwords and creating and managing groups. Provide self-service password change and reset and self-service group management with Active Directory Premium.

Integrate with Active Directory

Extend Active Directory and any other on-premises directories to Azure Active Directory to enable single sign-on for all cloud-based applications. User attributes can be automatically synchronized to your cloud directory from all kinds of on-premises directories.

Get enterprise scale and SLA

Active Directory Premium can provide the level of scale and reliability required by enterprises. It's a high availability service hosted in globally distributed datacenters. The service handles billions of authentications each day from more than 200 million active users and provides a 99.9% SLA.

Use a rich standards-based platform for cloud authentication and access management


Azure Active Directory offers developers an effective way to integrate identity management into their applications. Industry standard protocols such as SAML 2.0, WS-Federation, and OpenID Connect makes sign-on possible on a variety of platforms such as .Net, Java, Node.js, and PHP. The REST-based Graph API enables developers to read and write to the directory from any platform. Through support for OAuth 2.0, developers can build mobile and web applications that integrate with Microsoft and third-party web APIs and build their own secure web APIs. Open-source client libraries are available for .Net, Windows Store, iOS, and Android, with additional libraries under development.

Bring your directory to the cloud for Office 365 and beyond

Bring enterprise directory and identity management to the cloud with Azure Active Directory. Centrally manage employee access to Microsoft Online Services such as Azure, Office 365, Dynamics CRM Online, Windows Intune, and thousands of non-Microsoft cloud applications.

Georgia State University
Georgia State University (GSU) switched to cloud-based Microsoft Office365 and saved $1 million USD in operating costs to better support mobile and remote workers.

Azure Active Directory supports thousands of preintegrated SaaS apps for single sign-on

Box Integration by Microsoft
Citrix Integration by Microsoft
Citrix GoToMeeting Integration by Microsoft
myday By Collabco
Concur Integration by Microsoft
Docusign Integration by Microsoft

Explore your free cloud directory today

Every Azure customer has a free Azure Active Directory to manage identities and access to all Azure services. You can use this cloud directory or create a new one to manage access to Office 365 and other SaaS applications. Get a brief overview of what a Azure Active Directory is and how you can get started creating one for your organization.

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