Azure Active Directory

Identity and access management for the cloud

Identity and access management for the cloud

Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is a comprehensive identity and access management cloud solution that gives you a robust set of capabilities to manage users and groups. It helps secure access to on-premises and cloud applications, including Microsoft web services like Office 365, and many non-Microsoft software as a service (SaaS) applications. Azure AD comes in three editions: Free, Basic, and Premium.

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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. Use the Azure AD Application Proxy module to go beyond SaaS applications and publish on-premises web applications to provide highly-secure remote access and single sign-on.

"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 on-premises and cloud applications by providing an additional level of authentication. Protect your business and mitigate potential threats with security monitoring, 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, reset, and self-service group management with Azure AD Premium.

Integrate with Azure Active Directory

Extend Active Directory and any other on-premises directories to Azure AD 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

Azure AD Premium editions give you the 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 gives you a 99.9% SLA.

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

Azure AD gives developers an effective way to integrate identity management into their applications. Industry-standard protocols such as Security Assertion Markup Language 2.0 (SAML 2.0), WS-Federation, and OpenID Connect make 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 partner web APIs, and build their own highly-secure web APIs. Open-source client libraries are available for .NET, Windows Store, iOS, and Android, with more libraries under development.

Bring your directory to Azure for Office 365 and beyond

Bring enterprise directory and identity management to the cloud with Azure AD. Centrally manage employee access to Microsoft web services such as Azure, Office 365, Dynamics CRM Online, 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

Citrix Systems, Inc.

Explore your free cloud directory today

Every Azure customer has a free instance of 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 Azure Active Directory and see how you can get started.

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