Microsoft once again a leader in the Gartner MQ for Access Management

Published 08-27-2019 11:30 AM 16K Views

Howdy folks,

Today I share with you the cool news that for the third year in a row, Gartner has positioned Microsoft in the Leaders Quadrant in the 2019 Magic Quadrant for Access Management, Worldwide, based on our completeness of vision and ability to execute in the access management market. Find out why in a complimentary copy of the report here.



We believe this placement reflects Microsoft’s core mission in identity – offer products and services that meet customers where they are at today while innovating to address the challenges of the future. We thank our customers for helping us understand their business priorities and co-creating solutions that meet their needs and we thank our partners for openly extending the identity ecosystem to cover any customer scenario. Your support has helped us build better products and continuously innovate to serve you.

We are humbled by your trust and I can’t wait to see what we build together in the coming year.


Best Regards,

Alex Simons (Twitter: @Alex_A_Simons)

Corporate Vice President of Program Management

Microsoft Identity Division     


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Gartner Magic Quadrant for Access Management, Michael KelleyAbhyuday DataHenrique Teixeira, 12 August 2019.


New Contributor

where can I request the gartner report from?

Occasional Contributor

I'm wondering what changes made in 2018/19 brought Okta from the middle of the "Leaders" quadrant to the top right corner? 

Alexey -


Great question. We're asking Gartner the same thing given none of the other analyst firms thought anything very dramatic changed here. Kuppinger Cole, another highly regarded identity analyst firm actually moved us significantly ahead of Okta. So it could just be that Gartner had two new analysts writing the report this year who brought a "different" perspective. ;)


Occasional Contributor

Since last Ignite conference we have seen multiple announcements about Microsoft’s Identity Platform: AAD B2C in China, Passwordless and FIDO2 support, deep integration with Workday and other HCM systems for account lifecycle management etc.

With that said, I would rate Microsoft’s IAM/CIAM solution at least equal or even higher than the one from Okta, as the AAD B2E and B2C stacks are evolving and maturing rapidly these days.

Occasional Visitor



This is exciting news. We are currently looking into B2C solutions that can act as an IDP for our customer contacts, who currently login to two of our customer portals. We would like to store our customer identities in B2C so that they can use a single identity to access our portals. These portal systems are expecting a SAML 2.0 token and currently it does not appear that Azure AD B2C supports this. That said, I've recently located which sounds promising. Do you have any info on when this may be out of preview?

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