Howdy folks,

Catching up after spending the last 10 days in Europe meeting with customers and partners. First I want to thank all the customers we met in Frankfurt, London, Utrecht & Amsterdam for a great set of discussions. I learned a ton and have returned to Redmond with a tremendous sense of optimism and clarity!

While I was out, a bunch of cool stuff happened which I'll be blogging about over the next few days. Today's news is short but sweet:

Last Friday we turned on our preview of OpenID Connect support!

We're HUGE supporters of both OAuth 2.0 and OpenID Connect.  They are the cornerstones of our protocol strategy.  You'll see all the major Microsoft services and applications move to using these standards over the next few months and years.  Many of you might not realize it, but every time you log into the Azure management portal you are already using OAuth and OpenID connect to do so. We use OpenID connect to authenticate you and the management portal uses OAuth 2.0 to acquire an access token and a refresh token which it then uses to communicate with the Azure management service (RDFE) on your behalf.

To learn all about the preview, head on over to Vittorio's blog post at http://aka.ms/F627jv

He's got a great overview and all the info you need to get started!

Best regards,  

Alex Simons (Twitter: Alex_A_Simons)

Director of PM

Active Directory