Microsoft is adding support for Google IDs to its Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) business-to-business (B2B) collaboration service. With this, Google has become the first third-party identity provider to support Azure AD.
Azure AD B2B collaboration helps organizations to work safely and securely with users from other organizations. The organizations that use Azure AD can provide access to documents, resources, and applications to their partners, while maintaining control over their own corporate data.
The tech giant said that Azure AD B2B collaboration is its one of the fastest growing feature with over one million new users invited for collaboration every month. To use the service, the users needed to have an Azure AD or Microsoft Account.
To make B2B collaboration more seamless and inclusive, Microsoft is now working on enabling organizations to collaborate with any other organization whether they have Azure AD or not. The recent update brings support for Google IDs.
“Enabling Google federation makes your invited Gmail user’s experience more seamless. After you have set up B2B Google federation for your organization, invited Gmail users can use their Google identity to sign in and collaborate. They no longer need to create an Azure AD account or Microsoft Account to access the apps and resources you’re sharing with them,” explained Alex Simons, Vice President of Program Management, Microsoft Identity Division, in a blog post.
As of now, the support for Google IDs is in public preview. Microsoft said that it currently allows Google IDs with @gmail.com extension. As it builds out more functionalities, users will find more federated authentication methods for B2B collaboration.