Microsoft Azure Active Directory is a comprehensive identity and access management cloud solution that combines core directory services, application access management and advanced identity protection.
The Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) enterprise identity service provides single sign-on and multi-factor authentication to help protect your users from 99.9 percent of cybersecurity attacks.
Single sign-on simplifies access to your apps from anywhere
Conditional Access and multi-factor authentication help protect and govern access
A single identity platform lets you engage with internal and external users more securely
Developer tools make it easy to integrate identity into your apps and services
Connect your workforce
Whether people are on-site or remote, give them seamless access to all their apps so they can stay productive from anywhere. Automate workflows for user lifecycle and provisioning. Save time and resources with self-service management.
Choose from thousands of SaaS apps
Simplify single sign-on. Azure AD supports more than 2,800 pre-integrated software as a service (SaaS) applications.
Protect and govern access
Safeguard user credentials by enforcing strong authentication and conditional access policies. Efficiently manage your identities by ensuring that the right people have the right access to the right resources.
Engage with your customers and partners
Secure and manage customers and partners beyond your organisational boundaries, with one identity solution. Customise user journeys and simplify authentication with social identity and more.
Integrate identity into your apps
Accelerate adoption of your application in the enterprise by supporting single sign-on and user provisioning. Reduce sign-in friction and automate the creation, removal and maintenance of user accounts.
What are the Azure AD licenses
Microsoft Online business services, such as Office 365 or Microsoft Azure, require Azure AD for sign-in and to help with identity protection. If you subscribe to any Microsoft Online business service, you automatically get Azure AD with access to all the free features.
To enhance your Azure AD implementation, you can also add paid capabilities by upgrading to Azure Active Directory Premium P1 or Premium P2 licenses. Azure AD paid licenses are built on top of your existing free directory, providing self-service, enhanced monitoring, security reporting, and secure access for your mobile users.
Azure Active Directory Plans
Azure Active Directory Free
Provides user and group management, on-premises directory synchronization, basic reports, self-service password change for cloud users, and single sign-on across Azure, Office 365, and many popular SaaS apps.
Azure Active Directory Premium P1
In addition to the Free features, P1 also lets your hybrid users access both on-premises and cloud resources. It also supports advanced administration, such as dynamic groups, self-service group management, Microsoft Identity Manager (an on-premises identity and access management suite) and cloud write-back capabilities, which allow self-service password reset for your on-premises users.
Azure Active Directory Premium P2
In addition to the Free and P1 features, P2 also offers Azure Active Directory Identity Protection to help provide risk-based Conditional Access to your apps and critical company data and Privileged Identity management to help discover, restrict, and monitor administrators and their access to resources and to provide just-in-time access when needed.