Improved App Launcher Experience in Azure AD

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How about a user visiting your company’s Azure AD app launcher for the first time and finding exactly the apps they need to be productive and effective. No confusion or clutter.  Sounds like a dream scenario, correct?

You’ve sent Microsoft more and more requests for features that allow you to better manage third-party apps as you’re onboarding them to Azure AD, so users can have a cleaner, more efficient experience. Microsoft has heard those requests and are working to help Azure AD administrators better control what applications their users see, and we’re starting with the ability to hide apps.

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They have just rolled out a new feature that gives you the ability to hide third-party applications from the end-user experience. This is incredibly helpful for a few reasons:

  • You can better manage applications that require multiple instances or are back-end services that need to be assigned to users but don’t have an interface.
  • You can test a new application by initially hiding it before exposing the app more broadly.
  • You can reduce confusion and help clean up your users’ app launchers.

Read more about this feature: Hide a third-party application from user’s experience in Azure Active Directory

This is just the start! We’ll soon be releasing the ability to hide first-party applications, like Office 365 apps, from users’ access panels. Other exciting features on our roadmap include role-based access control to configure local app admins and the ability to customize end-user experiences. We can’t wait to share more news soon!

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