About Office 365 and Azure Active Directory
Applies to: Office 365
Summary: Describes the role of Azure Active Directory in cloud services like Office 365, how it integrates with your on-premises directory service, and links for more information.
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Azure Active Directory provides identity management and access control capabilities for cloud services such as Office 365. Azure AD capabilities include a cloud-based store for directory data and a core set of identity services, including user logon processes, authentication services, and Federation Services. The identity services that are included with Azure AD easily integrate with your on-premises Active Directory deployments and fully support third-party identity providers.
It’s important to clearly distinguish Azure AD as an identity platform for Office 365 from Active Directory deployments on Azure Virtual Machines. Both are discussed in this article. For details, see Azure Active Directory Identity.
If you’re an IT professional, a system architect, or a developer who wants a deeper understanding of managing online and federated identities, see Active Directory from on-premises to the cloud.