Learn What IT Pros Need to Know About Windows 11 - August 26th at 1 PM ET! Learn What IT Pros Need to Know About Windows 11 - August 26th at 1 PM ET!
Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Adds New Features to Azure Active Directory

Tell me if you have heard this one before, Microsoft is working towards making its cloud-based solutions the best offering the company has and also the most secure? It’s little surprise that Microsoft has frequently updated and advanced its cloud capabilities as the infrastructure is easier to update and deploy new features when compared to traditional on-premises software.

In the modern business environment, companies are working closer than ever with third-party vendors who supply or buy their products. In an effort to help these external parties work with internal documents and content, Microsoft is rolling out Azure Active Directory B2B with the feature reaching general availability today.

B2B collaboration provides external user accounts with secure access to documents, resources, and applications—while maintaining control over internal data. With this feature, you do not have to add these users to your AD tree, you can simply invite them with any email address – Office 365, on-premises Microsoft Exchange, or even a personal address (Outlook.com, Gmail, Yahoo!, etc.

Sponsored Content

Read the Best Personal and Business Tech without Ads

Staying updated on what is happening in the technology sector is important to your career and your personal life but ads can make reading news, distracting. With Thurrott Premium, you can enjoy the best coverage in tech without the annoying ads.

Seeing as using a basic email may feel less secure, it is possible to setup conditional access policies. Further, you can mandate that external parties use multi-factor authentication as well.

In addition to the B2B collaboration feature, Microsoft is also making Azure Active Directory B2C now available in Europe

Microsoft is constantly pushing for a cloud first, mobile first world but the company has not become obtuse to the on-premises customers as Azure Active Directory can work in both worlds. Additionally, the company recently stated that they will continue to support SharePoint for on-premises deployments as well.

You can learn more about Azure Azure Active Directory B2B collaboration, here.

Related Topics:


Don't have a login but want to join the conversation? Sign up for a Petri Account

Comments (0)

Leave a Reply

Brad Sams has more than a decade of writing and publishing experience under his belt including helping to establish new and seasoned publications From breaking news about upcoming Microsoft products to telling the story of how a billion dollar brand was birthed in his book, Beneath a Surface, Brad is a well-rounded journalist who has established himself as a trusted name in the industry.

Register for Advanced Microsoft 365 Day!

GET-IT: Advanced Microsoft 365 1-Day Virtual Conference - Live August 24th!

Join us on Tuesday, August 24th and hear from Microsoft MVPs and industry experts about how to take advantage of Microsoft 365 at a technical level and dive deep into the features and functionality that will make your environment more secure and compliant.


Sponsored By