Accounts in App Center

App Center supports several identity options for creating accounts. Customers can choose GitHub, Microsoft, Facebook, and Google based auth providers when signing up. This allows for more flexibility, but can be confusing for customers using a work email. This guide details some things to keep in mind in that case.

Azure Active Directory backed work email addresses

Some work email addresses are backed by Microsoft Azure Active Directory (AAD). New customers with these types of email accounts don't need to sign-up for App Center accounts using the traditional sign-up. Instead they can immediately use the main sign-in button:

If your email is backed by AAD; don't sign up, just sign in!

Check with your system administrator to see if your work email is backed by AAD.

Personal and Standard work email addresses

Customers who use personal and work email addresses that aren't backed by AAD should sign up using the button indicated in the image below.

If you have a non-AAD backed email; sign up!

Customers who want to use a custom email address with their account can do so by clicking the button indicated in the image below, and creating a Microsoft Account (MSA) with the custom email address.

Sign up for an MSA if you want to use your own email address!

Additional considerations

Warning

All apps that are owned by an App Center are automatically deleted when the owner's account is deleted. If the owner's account needs to be deleted (because, for instance, they've left your organization), make sure that ownership of the app is transferred to someone else before deleting the account.

Customers who create apps and organizations in App Center should pay special attention to ownership; especially when creating these entities for an external organization or company. Ownership transfers are executed at App Center's discretion to protect the privacy of our customers. For this reason, enterprise customers are encouraged to use AAD and to set up admin accounts created specifically for administering their app and orgs; for example: admin@contoso.com or awesomeapp_admin@contoso.com.