Azure Active Directory B2B collaboration now generally available
Azure AD B2B collaboration is generally available now and is part of Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS). Businesses are increasingly dispersed, mobile, and collaborative, relying on wide range of vendors, partners, and contractors to stay nimble and capitalize on changing markets. Azure Active Directory (AD) is the foundation of Microsoft’s identity-driven approach to security and extends beyond your own employees to secure the identities of external collaborators—partners, contractors, and vendors. Our goal is to make it easy and secure to collaborate with the employees of any organization.
B2B collaboration provides external user accounts with secure access to documents, resources, and applications—while maintaining control over internal data. There’s no need to add external users to your directory, sync them, or manage their lifecycle; IT can invite collaborators to use any email address—Office 365, on-premises Microsoft Exchange, or even a personal address (Outlook.com, Gmail, Yahoo!, etc.)—and even set up conditional access policies, including multi-factor authentication. Developers can use the Azure AD B2B APIs to write applications that bring together different organizations in a secure way—and deliver a seamless and intuitive end user experience.
Millions of users from thousands of businesses have already been using Azure AD B2B collaboration capabilities available through public preview.
Here’s how you can get started with Azure Active Directory B2B collaboration:
- Watch this Mechanics Video to see the benefits of cloud-based B2B identity and access management
- Read more details from the Azure AD B2B team blog
- Get started with Azure Active Directory B2B collaboration
As companies adopt a cloud-first position to take advantage of increased agility and faster innovation, like B2B and B2C, we recognize that cloud-first doesn’t mean cloud-only. A hybrid approach is a strategic plan for businesses financially, for security, and for their identities and applications.