Conditional Access: Cloud apps or actions

Cloud apps or actions are a key signal in a Conditional Access policy. Conditional Access policies allow administrators to assign controls to specific applications or actions.

  • Administrators can choose from the list of applications that include built-in Microsoft applications and any Azure AD integrated applications including gallery, non-gallery, and applications published through Application Proxy.
  • Administrators may choose to define policy not based on a cloud application but on a user action. The only supported action is Register security information (preview), allowing Conditional Access to enforce controls around the combined security information registration experience.

Define a Conditional Access policy and specify cloud apps

Microsoft cloud applications

Many of the existing Microsoft cloud applications are included in the list of applications you can select from.

Administrators can assign a Conditional Access policy to the following cloud apps from Microsoft. Some apps like Office 365 and Microsoft Azure Management include multiple related child apps or services. The following list is not exhaustive and is subject to change.

  • Office 365
  • Azure Analysis Services
  • Azure DevOps
  • Azure SQL Database and Data Warehouse
  • Dynamics CRM Online
  • Microsoft Application Insights Analytics
  • Microsoft Azure Information Protection
  • Microsoft Azure Management
  • Microsoft Azure Subscription Management
  • Microsoft Cloud App Security
  • Microsoft Commerce Tools Access Control Portal
  • Microsoft Commerce Tools Authentication Service
  • Microsoft Flow
  • Microsoft Forms
  • Microsoft Intune
  • Microsoft Intune Enrollment
  • Microsoft Planner
  • Microsoft PowerApps
  • Microsoft Search in Bing
  • Microsoft StaffHub
  • Microsoft Stream
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Exchange Online
  • SharePoint
  • Yammer
  • Office Delve
  • Office Sway
  • Outlook Groups
  • Power BI Service
  • Project Online
  • Skype for Business Online
  • Virtual Private Network (VPN)
  • Windows Defender ATP

Office 365

Microsoft 365 provides cloud-based productivity and collaboration services like Exchange, SharePoint, and Microsoft Teams. Microsoft 365 cloud services are deeply integrated to ensure smooth and collaborative experiences. This integration can cause confusion when creating policies as some apps such as Microsoft Teams have dependencies on others such as SharePoint or Exchange.

The Office 365 app makes it possible to target these services all at once. We recommend using the new Office 365 app, instead of targeting individual cloud apps to avoid issues with service dependencies. Targeting this group of applications helps to avoid issues that may arise due to inconsistent policies and dependencies.

Administrators can choose to exclude specific apps from policy if they wish by including the Office 365 app and excluding the specific apps of their choice in policy.

Key applications that are included in the Office 365 client app:

  • Microsoft Flow
  • Microsoft Forms
  • Microsoft Stream
  • Microsoft To-Do
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Exchange Online
  • SharePoint Online
  • Microsoft 365 Search Service
  • Yammer
  • Office Delve
  • Office Online
  • OneDrive
  • PowerApps
  • Skype for Business Online
  • Sway

Microsoft Azure Management

The Microsoft Azure Management application includes multiple underlying services.

  • Azure portal
  • Azure Resource Manager provider
  • Classic deployment model APIs
  • Azure PowerShell
  • Azure CLI
  • Visual Studio subscriptions administrator portal
  • Azure DevOps
  • Azure Data Factory portal


The Microsoft Azure Management application applies to Azure PowerShell, which calls the Azure Resource Manager API. It does not apply to Azure AD PowerShell, which calls Microsoft Graph.

Other applications

In addition to the Microsoft apps, administrators can add any Azure AD registered application to Conditional Access policies. These applications may include:


Since Conditional Access policy sets the requirements for accessing a service you are not able to apply it to a client (public/native) application. Other words the policy is not set directly on a client (public/native) application, but is applied when a client calls a service. For example, a policy set on SharePoint service applies to the clients calling SharePoint. A policy set on Exchange applies to the attempt to access the email using Outlook client. That is why client (public/native) applications are not available for selection in the Cloud Apps picker and Conditional Access option is not available in the application settings for the client (public/native) application registered in your tenant.

User actions

User actions are tasks that can be performed by a user. The only currently supported action is Register security information, which allows Conditional Access policy to enforce when users who are enabled for combined registration attempt to register their security information. More information can be found in the article, Combined security information registration.

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