Marching into the future of the Azure AD admin experience: retiring the Azure AD classic portal
First published on CloudBlogs on Sep, 18 2017
announced General Availability
of the new
Azure AD admin center
in May, it's been used by over 800,000 users from 500,000 organizations in almost every country in the world. The new admin center is the future for administration of Azure AD.
For over a year, we've been listening to your feedback and working to improve the new portal and the new experience. And we've heard you loud and clear that we have too many portals, that you want a single place where you can manage identity and access for your organization. So, on November 30, we'll be retiring the Azure AD admin experience in the
classic Azure portal
Moving all admin capabilities to the new admin center and retiring our classic portal experience is a key milestone in our efforts to simplify the admin experience for Azure AD.
Azure AD admin center: the present and future for Azure AD administration
Now, the Azure AD admin center is where you can go to find admin experiences for the latest and greatest Azure AD capabilities. By focusing on the Azure AD admin center, we can make our admin experiences more consistent, and easier to use. And we can deliver them faster.
At the moment, there are a few tasks that can still only be done in the classic Azure portal. Don't worry, these capabilities will be added to our new admin experience in the next few weeks, well before November 30.
Azure Information Protection and Access Control Service
The Azure Information Protection (or AIP, formerly Rights Management Service) admin experiences will also be retired in the Azure classic portal on November 30, but can be found
in the new Azure portal.
To learn more about Azure Information Protection, read our
. To share feedback about Azure Information Protection, send an email to
Additionally, after November 30, admin experiences for Access Control Services will be available at a different URL. We'll communicate the details of that change soon.
We hope you love using the Azure AD admin center! If you have questions about using or administering Azure AD, reach out to our engineering team and our community in our
. And if you've got specific feedback on our admin portal experience, like bug reports or feature requests, post them in the 'Admin portal' section of our
Thanks for your continued feedback! It's what guides us as we work to make the admin experience the best it can be for you. Keep sharing your thoughts – we're always listening.
Alex Simons (Twitter:
Director of Program Management
Microsoft Identity Division