First published on CloudBlogs on Apr, 12 2017
This is a blog post I've been as eager to publish as I suspect you've been eager to read it. I'm excited to let you know that Azure AD business-to-business (B2B) collaboration is generally available worldwide!
Azure AD B2B collaboration capabilities enable any organization using Azure AD to work safely and securely with users from any other organization, small or large, with or without Azure AD, & with or without an IT organization.
Organizations using Azure AD can provide their B2B partners access to documents, resources, and applications while maintaining control over corporate data. Developers can use the Azure AD B2B APIs to write applications that bring two organizations together in a secure way that is also seamless and intuitive for end users to navigate.
Customer demand for these capabilities is sky high! Already during the public preview, customers have invited 2.6M guest users using these new capabilities.
And more than 20% of Azure AD Tenants with >10 users are now using Azure AD B2B!:
We have spent thousands and thousands of hours with these customers diving into how we can best serve their needs with Azure AD B2B.
I'd like to thank all of you who spent time with us providing feedback and suggestions. We would not have reached this point without your partnership.
Now you can dive in and use Azure AD B2B in your organization! Here are a few of highlights of the things you can do now:
Easily add B2B users to your organization:
Enable your collaborators to bring their own identity to work with you:
Delegate to application and group owners so they can add B2B users directly to any of the thousands of apps that work with Azure AD:
Have consistent authorization policies protecting your corporate content across your employees and partners:
Use our APIs and sample code to easily build applications to onboard your external partners in ways customized to your organization's needs:
With Azure AD B2B collaboration, you can get the full power of Azure AD to protect your partner relationships in a way that end users find easy and intuitive.
Work with any user from any partner
Partners use their own credentials
No requirement for partners to use Azure AD
No external directories or complex set-up required
Simple and secure collaboration
Provide access to any corporate application or resource
Seamless user experiences
Enterprise-grade security for applications and data
No management overhead
No external account or password management
No sync or manual account lifecycle management
No external administrative overhead
Get started today on
the Azure portal
There's far more detail about the new Azure AD B2B Collaboration features in our
, so take a look and let us know if you have any questions! And if you haven't seen it yet, check out (below) the latest short video about Azure AD B2B we put together, too.
As always, connect with us for any feedback, discussions and suggestions through our
Microsoft Tech Community
. You know we're listening!
Alex Simons (@Twitter:
Director of Program Management
Microsoft Identity Division