AppFabric ACS: Single-Sign-On for Active Directory, Google, Yahoo!, Windows Live ID, Facebook & Others

Until today, you had to build your own custom solutions to accept a mix of enterprise and consumer-oriented Web identities for applications in the cloud or anywhere. We heard you and we have built a service to make it simpler.

Today at MIX11, we announced a new production version of Windows Azure AppFabric Access Control service, which enables you to build Single-Sign-On experience into applications by integrating with standards-based identity providers, including enterprise directories such as Active Directory, and consumer-oriented web identities such as Windows Live ID, Google, Yahoo! and Facebook.

 The Access Control service enables this experience through commonly used industry standards to facilitate interoperability with other software and services that support the same standards: 

  • OpenID 2.0
  • OAuth WRAP
  • OAuth 2.0 (Draft 13)
  • SAML 1.1, SAML 2.0 and Simple Web Token (SWT) token formats
  • WS-Trust, WS-Federation, WS-Security, XML Digital Signature, WS-Security Policy, WS-Policy and SOAP.

 And, we continue to work with the following industry orgs to develop new standards where existing ones are insufficient for the emerging cloud platform scenarios: 

 Check out the Access Control service! There are plenty of docs and samples available on our CodePlex project to get started.


Asir Vedamuthu Selvasingh

Technical Diplomat, Interoperability