Microsoft retiring the Azure Classic Portal

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Azure AD admin center

Since Microsoft  announced General Availability of the new Azure AD admin center  back in May,  it’s been used by well over 800,000 users from 500,000 organizations in almost every country in the world. This new admin center is the future for administration of Azure AD.

Microsoft has been listening to the feedback and working to improve the new portal as well as the new experience. Looks like they have heard very loud and clear that they have too many portals, that users want a single place where we can manage identity and access for your organization. That said, on November 30, they will be retiring the Azure AD admin experience in the classic Azure portal.

Migrating all admin capabilities to the new admin center and retiring their classic portal experience is a key milestone in their efforts to simplify the admin experience for Azure AD.

Azure AD admin center

Azure AD admin center: the present and future for Azure AD administration

Now, the Azure AD admin center is where you can go to find admin experiences for the latest and greatest Azure AD capabilities. Focusing on the Azure AD admin center, allows Microsoft to make their admin experiences more consistent, and easier to use. And they can deliver them faster.

At the moment, there are a few tasks that can still only be done in the classic Azure portal. Don’t worry, these capabilities will be added to the new admin experience in the next few weeks, well before November 30.

Azure Information Protection and Access Control Service

The Azure Information Protection (or AIP, formerly Rights Management Service) admin experiences will also be retired in the Azure classic portal on November 30, but can be found here in the new Azure portal.


To learn more about Azure Information Protection, read Microsoft’s documentation. To share feedback about Azure Information Protection, send an email to MSIPAppFeedback.

After November 30, admin experiences for Access Control Services will be available at a different URL. Microsoft to communicate the details of that change soon.


Wrapping up

We hope you love using the Azure AD admin center! If you have any questions please feel free to email us at or visit

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