Azure Active Directory
Gartner recognizes Microsoft as a Leader in the 2022 Magic Quadrant for Access Management
For the sixth consecutive year, Microsoft is recognized as a Leader in the Gartner® Magic Quadrant™ for Access Management.1, 2
Protect your users, apps, workloads, and devices
Learn how Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) can help with your identity and access management business challenges.
Secure adaptive access
Protect access to resources and data using strong authentication and risk-based adaptive access policies without compromising user experience.
Seamless user experiences
Provide an easy, fast sign-in experience across your multicloud environment to keep your users productive, reduce time managing passwords, and increase productivity.
Unified identity management
Manage all your identities and access to all your applications in a central location, whether they’re in the cloud or on-premises, to improve visibility and control.
Simplified identity governance
Control access to apps and data for all users and admins efficiently with automated identity governance to ensure only authorized users have access.
Multicloud identity and access management
Azure AD is an integrated cloud identity and access solution, and a leader in the market for managing directories, enabling access to applications, and protecting identities.
Azure AD helps protect your users from 99.9 percent of cybersecurity attacks.
Connect your workforce to all your apps, from any location, using any device.
Provide ease of use without the inherent risk of passwords.
Help safeguard access to data and apps and keep it simple for users.
Automate and simplify the access lifecycle.
Apply the right access controls to keep your organization more secure.
Automate detection and remediation of identity-based risks.
Share resources or apps with users outside your organization.
Privileged identity management
Strengthen the security of your privileged accounts.
Help protect, monitor, and audit access to critical assets.
Simplify app access from anywhere with single sign-on.
A leader in Advanced Authentication
Learn why Microsoft is positioned in the Leaders category in the 2021 IDC MarketScape for advanced authentication for identity security vendor assessment.
A leader in Access Management
Learn why KuppingerCole rates Microsoft a strong positive across all product and leadership dimensions in Access Management.
See why more than 300,000 organizations use Azure AD
Get started with Azure AD
Azure AD comes in four editions:
- Azure AD Free - The free edition of Azure AD is included with a subscription of a commercial online service such as Azure, Dynamics 365, Intune, Power Platform, and others.3
- Office 365 - Additional Azure AD features are included with Office 365 E1, E3, E5, F1, and F3 subscriptions.4
- Azure AD Premium P1 - Azure AD Premium P1, included with Microsoft 365 E3, offers a free 30-day trial. Azure and Office 365 subscribers can buy Azure AD Premium P1 online.
- Azure AD Premium P2 - Azure AD Premium P2, included with Microsoft 365 E5, offers a free 30-day trial. Azure and Office 365 subscribers can buy Azure Active Directory Premium P2 online.
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Microsoft Entra Workload Identities
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Identity standards blog
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-  Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Access Management, Henrique Teixeira, Abhyuday Data, Michael Kelly, James Hoover, Brian Guthrie, 1 November 2022.
-  The free edition of Azure AD is included with a subscription of a commercial online service such as Azure, Dynamics 365, Intune, Power Platform, and others in countries where they are available for sale.
-  Additional Azure AD features are included with Office 365 E1, E3, E5, F1, and F3 subscriptions in countries where they are available for sale.