In light of the current COVID-19 outbreak, we have been working closely with our customers to help them address the new reality. As such, we recently published tips to help IT admins to enable secure, remote access. Today, we want to provide guidance for our developers to ensure the apps you build can be easily accessible to all workers, anywhere. Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) can help unlock secure, remote access to the apps you build while providing benefits such as: reduced costs and time savings and centralized administration. If your organization is using Azure AD we have put together our top 5 recommendations for application developers enabling apps to work remotely:
This is a foundational step in making your solutions available outside your corporate network and enabling remote workers to access them. Moving application authentication to Azure AD provides additional benefits such as:
Depending on your development environment, implementing cloud authentication for your applications using the Microsoft Identity platform can be a relatively quick task. You can start migrating your application authentication to Azure AD following our guidance here.
If you’re a developer or ISV interested in integrating your application with Azure AD for use by customers outside your organization, you can onboard your application to the Azure AD App Gallery by submitting your request here. Thousands of our customers’ favorite apps are pre-integrated for Single sign-on and/or automated user provisioning and each have a tutorial to help get customers setup.
Microsoft Intune is a cloud-based service that focuses on mobile device management (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM). Intune enables users to be productive while keeping organization data protected. It can be used to control who has access, what they have access to, and enables your workforce to be productive on all their devices, while keeping your organization's data protected.
The Intune App SDK supports similar scenarios across iOS and Android and is intended to create a consistent experience across platforms for developers and IT admins. If you are a native mobile app developer, you can use the Intune App SDK for iOS or Intune App SDK for Android. If you are a .NET and Xamarin mobile app developer, you should use the Intune App SDK Xamarin Bindings.
Another way to enable remote access to your apps is by integrating them into Microsoft Teams, which takes a comprehensive approach to privacy, security, and compliance to deliver an enterprise-grade communication and collaboration experience. We’ve seen tremendous growth with Microsoft Teams as more organizations adopt remote work environments. The Microsoft Teams developer platform makes it easy for developers to integrate their own apps and services to improve productivity, make decisions faster, provide focus and create collaboration around existing content and workflows. You can learn more on how to integrate your apps with the Microsoft Teams platform here.
As you develop new solutions or update existing applications you can leverage the Microsoft Graph toolkit for several useful scenarios that are central to remote work. Below you can find some ideas on how to use Microsoft Graph APIs to improve your users’ productivity and efficiency through your apps:
The Power Platforms empowers enterprises to build and launch apps right away using pre-built templates, drag and drop simplicity and quick deployment, all backed by Microsoft’s powerful cloud infrastructure and robust security with Azure AD. There are some great scenarios where Power Apps can be used alongside Azure AD and Microsoft Graph to support remote work and provide a better experience to employees. The examples below show how you can use the Office templates in Power Apps to increase your employee productivity and efficiency:
If you’re looking for guidance on how to use the Power Platform and Microsoft Graph API to build low-code solutions and enable remote work for your employees, we highly recommend you check our PowerApps Training for Office or this 3-min demo that shows some of the platform capabilities.
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