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Howdy folks,


It’s //build week here at Microsoft and we’re thrilled to provide several enhancements to our identity platform for developers.


But first, I’m really pumped to share that we now have more than one million active third-party applications using our identity platform each month! It’s awe inspiring to see the huge variety of amazing apps, services and automated processes developers are creating that use our identity platform.


As //build kicks off, we want to give you a closer look at the enhancements we made for developers.

 

Unifying our identity platform: The new Microsoft identity platform
It’s been quite the journey to unify our developer tools and services! Today, I’m excited to share continued progress on the Microsoft identity platform. With the Microsoft identity platform, developers now have a simple experience when building applications for any Microsoft identity—from Azure AD accounts to personal Microsoft accounts.


I’m excited to announce:

 

  • An OpenID Connect certified endpoint—We now have a standards-compliant endpoint for authenticating any Microsoft identity which allows compatibility with third-party libraries.
  • General availability of Microsoft Authentication Library for .NET and JavaScript (MSAL)—Our open source libraries simplify the task of adding identity to your application. We’ve hidden all the complexity, so your job of integration is as simple as possible. MSAL for .NET and JavaScript is now GA and we’ll be releasing general availability for iOS and Android in the coming months.
  • General availability of a unified app registration portal—Developers now have a single portal to register and configure all apps that sign in to Azure AD accounts and personal Microsoft accounts. The new portal allows you to register and manage all applications you build on the Microsoft identity platform. We made the portal easier to navigate and have added documentation, samples, and, tools to help you along the way.

 

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For developers with existing applications using the ADAL library or directly targeting the Azure AD v1.0 endpoint, your applications will continue to work, and you can update to MSAL when you’re ready. In fact, thanks to a shared token cache you can maintain a portfolio of applications built with ADAL and MSAL and single sign-on (SSO) will continue to work between them.


Start building your applications on the Microsoft identity platform today!

 

Bringing more Azure AD Graph capabilities to Microsoft Graph
Over the last several years, we’ve seen tremendous momentum of Microsoft Graph usage among developers, administrators, and enterprises. Over 50,000 applications actively use Microsoft Graph to create more powerful experiences. Developers are taking advantage of the many benefits that come with Microsoft Graph, such as the breadth of data available through a single API from directory information in Azure AD to mail information in Outlook.


While not all Azure AD APIs are currently in the Microsoft Graph, we continue to close the gap and expect to bring all existing Azure AD API capabilities to Microsoft Graph by the end of the year. You can also expect newer Azure AD directory features on Microsoft Graph and in some cases only on Microsoft Graph. You can monitor the Azure AD capabilities that we add into Microsoft Graph in our changelog and we look forward to delivering even more capabilities for Azure AD in Microsoft Graph in the coming months.

 

Use your GitHub identity to sign into Microsoft products
Starting this week you will be able to sign in to Microsoft products with your GitHub identity!  Signing in with a GitHub identity will soon work anywhere a personal Microsoft account does. That means developers who use Azure can now take their code from repo, to CI, to deployment using just their GitHub account. Learn more on the DevOps blog.

 

Connect with us at //build
We’re excited about all the improvements we made to enable developers to easily build applications that connect with our identity platform and look forward to seeing the applications you’ll build. If you’re at //build this week stop by the Identity booth, attend our sessions, and keep your great feedback coming!

 

Best regards,

Alex Simons (@Alex_A_Simons)
Corporate VP of Program Management
Microsoft Identity Division