On December 3rd, 2015 Amazon announced a new service that allows customers to provision a Microsoft Active Directory managed service in Amazon Web Services (AWS). The service, also referred to as Microsoft AD, uses directory capabilities found in Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2.
Signing in with Internet-based accounts is supposed to make life easier, but too often leads to frequent password prompts. Microsoft is seeking to streamline this for developers in Visual Studio 2015.
Microsoft is offering previews of libraries for accessing Azure Active Directory for iOS and Android. These libraries are being released on github under the Apache 2 license.
Microsoft has recently released several updates to Windows Azure with support for Android, Active Directory, Application monitoring with HTTP response codes, new five languages including expansion of Azure Store to 22 more countries.
Microsoft has entered the cloud and customers are looking into moving their applications to this new platform. In doing so authentication and identity management needs to be addressed. InfoQ Editor Jon Arild Tørresdal talked to Eugenio Pace, Senior Program Manager in the Patterns & Practices team about the recent federation and identity technologies released from Microsoft.
David Chappell, the Principal of Chappell & Associates, US, has written a whitepaper proposing several solutions for Single Sign-on (SSO) access to applications deployed on Amazon EC2 from a Windows domain. InfoQ explored these solutions to understand what the benefits and tradeoffs each one presented.