Last September we shared the first preview of the new administration experience for Azure Active Directory in the new Azure portal. Since then, we’ve added lots of new functionality, including reporting, app management, conditional access, B2B, and licensing.
Many of you are using the new experience regularly – in fact, over half a million of you are using it, from almost every country in the world, with usage increasing by about 25% each month. We appreciate all your positive feedback, and love the constructive feedback that’s helped us make an even stronger product. But there are still a LOT of you using the old portal.
Late last week we turned on the another set of feature updates, and the new experience now has all of the features identity admins frequently use. With that update, we’ve entered our final push to GA the UX in the next ~60 days.
And that’s where we need your help : We need everyone to move over to using the new portal for production tasks so we can uncover any last minute lingering issues.
What to expect
We took the opportunity of redesigning this experience to optimize some of our features, so you might not immediately recognize everything in the new portal. For example, since reporting is a key part of the value of Azure AD, we’ve made activity information more accessible and powerful. We’ve has written a helpful article to help you transition to the new model.
There are other differences, too. Some functionality that was part of Azure AD in the classic portal will be integrated differently in the future. Azure Rights Management Services has matured into Azure Information Protection. We’ve previously shared the plans for Access Control Namespaces.
We also have a few features we’re still transitioning: Azure Active Directory Domain Services, MFA provider management, schema editing for provisioned apps, and a few reports including enterprise state roaming status, invitation summary, unlicensed usage, and MIM hybrid reports.
Let us know what you think!
Over the next month or so, as we work to make Azure Active Directory generally available in the new Azure portal, we’ll be completing transition of the last few features, ironing out some usability issues, fixing any bugs we find, and responding to your feedback. But even when we GA, we’re not going to stop. We’ll continue to work to make the experience of administering Azure Active Directory richer, more streamlined, and efficient, and we appreciate your help. Send us your feedback in the ‘Admin Portal’ section of our feedback forum.
Alex Simons (Twitter: @Alex_A_Simons)
Director of Program Management
Microsoft Identity Division