Two week ago I blogged about how your can solve issues with shared account management using our cool new password-based single sign-on (SSO) capability for groups. Today I want to let you know how you can get SSO to Azure AD connected SAAS apps, including password-based apps like Twitter and Facebook multiple devices, including iPhones, iPads, and now Android devices.
As you learned, password-based SSO enables sign-on and password management experiences for less-sophisticated cloud apps that don’t support identity federation by using an Azure AD Access Panel plugin that is installed in the end-user’s web browser. We currently offer this plugin for Internet Explorer 8 and up, Firefox, and Chrome (this one works on the Mac too!).
However the major mobile platforms don’t support the browser plugins, so we’ve created the “My Apps” mobile app to help users access their apps on mobile devices.
“My Apps” is optimized for your mobile device and supports all of the features of our online access panel at http://myapps.microsoft.com. Simply install and launch the app, sign in using your work account hosted in Windows Azure AD, and then select the app you want to sign into. Your app launches immediately inside the “My Apps” web browser, no other sign in required. Users can also change their organizational password, or edit their multi-factor authentication settings (if configured) from inside the app.
“My Apps” is available today for both the iOS and Android platforms. These apps are both “GAd” and ready for production use.
My Apps for Android
My Apps for Android works on any device running Android version 4.1 or higher, and is available today in the Google Play store.
My Apps for iPhone and iPad
My Apps for iOS is supported on any iPhone or iPad running iOS version 7 and up, and is available today in the Apple App Store.
Frequently asked: Do I need the My Apps app to access all applications on mobile devices?
No. My Apps for iOS and Android are only required if users need to access apps using the password-based SSO method. Applications that support federation with Azure AD (including Salesforce, Google Apps, Dropbox, Box, Concur, Workday, Office 365, and many others), can be signed into on any modern web browser on any device without requiring a plugin or mobile app. The rest of the access panel experience at https://myapps.microsoft.com also does not require the My Apps mobile app to be used on a mobile device.
We hope you’ll give these apps a try today and let us know what you think!
As always, we’d love to hear and feedback or suggestions you have.
Alex Simons (Twitter: @Alex_A_Simons)
Director of Program Management
Microsoft Identity and Security Services Division