Supported account types

This article explains what account types (sometimes called audiences) are supported in Microsoft identity platform applications.

Account types in the public cloud

In the Microsoft Azure public cloud, most types of apps can sign in users with any audience:

  • If you're writing a line-of-business (LOB) application, you can sign in users in your own organization. Such an application is sometimes called single-tenant.

  • If you're an ISV, you can write an application that signs in users:

    • In any organization. Such an application is called a multitenant web application. You'll sometimes read that it signs in users with their work or school accounts.
    • With their work or school or personal Microsoft accounts.
    • With only personal Microsoft accounts.
  • If you're writing a business-to-consumer application, you can also sign in users with their social identities, by using Azure Active Directory B2C (Azure AD B2C).

Account type support in authentication flows

Some account types can't be used with certain authentication flows. For instance, in desktop, UWP, or daemon applications:

  • Daemon applications can be used only with Azure AD organizations. It doesn't make sense to try to use daemon applications to manipulate Microsoft personal accounts. The admin consent will never be granted.
  • You can use the Integrated Windows Authentication flow only with work or school accounts (in your organization or any organization). Integrated Windows Authentication works with domain accounts, it and requires the machines to be domain joined or Azure AD joined. This flow doesn't make sense for personal Microsoft accounts.
  • The Resource Owner Password Credentials grant (username/password) can't be used with personal Microsoft accounts. Personal Microsoft accounts require that the user consents to accessing personal resources at each sign-in session. That's why this behavior isn't compatible with non-interactive flows.

Account types in national clouds

Apps can also sign in users in national clouds. However, Microsoft personal accounts aren't supported in these clouds. That's why the supported account types are reduced, for these clouds, to your organization (single tenant) or any organizations (multitenant applications).

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