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Your cloud applications can now take advantage of the same identity system that powers Office 365, Dynamics CRM Online and Windows Intune. More than 250,000 companies and organizations use Windows Azure Active Directory today to authenticate billions of times a week. With a new developer preview you can now use Windows Azure Active Directory as true Identity Management as a Service.
Windows Azure AD gives businesses and organizations their own cloud based directory for managing access to their cloud based applications and resources.
Windows Azure AD synchronizes and federates with their on-premise Active Directory extending the benefits of Windows Server Active Directory into the cloud.
Active Directory is most often used by midsize and large organizations where the substantial effort and cost necessary to build and keep an identity management system running have brought many benefits, including:
The release expands on the Access Control Service that you use to map credentials. Windows Azure Active Directory Developer Preview provides two new capabilities for developers to preview:
When combined, you can create applications allows your users to sign on using credentials used in their organization already and helps you create new collaborative applications.
An article by my colleague Haishi Bai provides a guided tour of Windows Azure Active Directory. It shows step-by-step how you can get started with the preview.
For more information, see Announcing the Developer Preview of Windows Azure Active Directory.
Graph API. Java, PHP, and .Net code samples on GitHub. Windows Azure AD sample application.
Single sign on code samples and demo applications for Single Sign On:
Sample application for Windows Azure AD:
Bruce D. Kyle Technical Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation