Identity roadmap for Microsoft 365

In Microsoft 365 for enterprise, a well-planned and executed identity infrastructure paves the way for stronger security, including restricting access to your productivity workloads and their data to only authenticated users and devices.

For an overview of identity models and authentication for Microsoft 365 for enterprise, watch this video.

For information about the identity features of each Microsoft 365 for enterprise plan, the role of Azure Active Directory, both the on-premises and cloud-based components, and the most common authentication configurations, see the Identity Infrastructure poster.

The Identity Infrastructure poster.

Review this two-page poster to quickly ramp up on identity concepts and configurations for Microsoft 365 for enterprise.

You can also download this poster and can print it in letter, legal, or tabloid (11 x 17) format.


To plan for your identity implementation:


To deploy your identity implementation:

Identity and device access recommendations

To help ensure a secure and productive workforce, Microsoft provides a set of recommendations for identity and device access. For identity, use the recommendations and settings in these articles:


To manage your Microsoft 365 identity deployment, see:

How Microsoft does identity for Microsoft 365

Learn how IT experts at Microsoft manage identities and secure access.


This IT Showcase resource is available only in English.

How Contoso did identity for Microsoft 365

For an example of how a fictional but representative multinational organization has deployed a hybrid identity infrastructure for Microsoft 365 cloud services, see Identity for the Contoso Corporation.

Next step

Start your identity planning with Identity models.