Posted by: kurtsh | February 16, 2020

PREVIEW: Conditional Access for the Office 365 Suite

We announced a great feature to enable Conditional Access for the aggregated Office 365 services:

imageToday, I’m super excited to announce the public preview of Conditional Access for the Office 365 suite. For organizations setting policy on Office 365—such as requiring users to perform Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) or have managed devices—of Conditional Access for the Office 365 suite makes the configuration a whole lot easier.

Hundreds of millions of people use the Office 365 apps like SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, and Microsoft Teams. Part of what makes these services work so well is they interact with each other and a have a collection of supporting services. There are tons of benefits of integration—one example is shared contact information in Exchange for SharePoint and Teams. In many ways, even though Office 365 is composed of many cooperating services, it functions as a single app to help your users be productive.

Conditional Access can be used to protect all Azure AD connected apps, including thousands of pre-integrated SaaS apps, apps your organization has developed, as well as hybrid apps accessed through the Azure Application Proxy. However, because of the close relationship between Office services it makes sense to help you target Office 365 as a single app with Azure AD Conditional Access policies. Many of you have asked for this capability, and we worked with several customers to make sure we got the feature right.

Conditional Access for the Office 365 suite gives admins the option to assign policy across Office 365 with one click.  It provides consistent coverage and improves the user experience by setting a consistent policy across Office 365 apps. Assigning different policies to different services can result in unexpected interrupts as users access data that requires service to service interaction. To learn more about this topic, see our Conditional Access service dependencies documentation.

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