If you have been following our blog posts and/or have been exploring Windows Azure Active Directory, you've probably read about how you can use it to connect your organization's on-premises Windows Server Active Directory identities to the cloud, and how this enables your users to single sign-on into cloud-based applications without needing to log in with additional passwords. And you may have wondered what cloud-based applications work with Windows Azure Active Directory?
You can find these in the Windows Azure Active Directory application gallery.
The application gallery is the part of the latest application access enhancements for Windows Azure Active Directory, which are currently in preview. The gallery provides access to wide variety of popular SaaS applications that your users can single sign-on to from Windows Azure Active Directory today. This includes Microsoft's cloud apps and services like Office365, and Dynamics CRM Online and third party applications like Salesforce.com and Box that you may already be using and want to connect to Windows Azure Active Directory.
Here is what you see when you want to add an application for your organization to use:
Today Windows Azure Active Directory supports more than 500 pre-integrated applications, and we are adding hundreds more in the coming months. You can use the application gallery to find your existing apps, as well as discover new ones.
If there's an application you need that we don't integrate with today, we'd definitely like to hear from you. Head over to the Windows Azure Active Directory forum and leave a comment about what applications you would like to see added.
We are adding 3-4 apps a day, so we can get new apps working pretty quickly once we know which ones to prioritize!
There are several types of applications that appear in the application gallery:
The application gallery indicates which of these features are supported in the application description, as well as provide a link to learn more about the application including any prerequisites. For more details about these capabilities, see Application access enhancements for Windows Azure AD.
I think you'll find that this set of capabilities delivers an amazing combination of improved security and control while delivering a simplified employee/end-user experience.
And as always, if you have any suggestions or feedback, we'd love to hear from you!
Alex Simons (twitter: Alex_A_Simons)
Director of Program Management
Active Directory Team
Can you better explain the difference between the free and premium.
Will both be able to use apps from the app gallery?