Microsoft Launches Azure Authenticator App For Android Devices

Microsoft Workplace Join support has been extended by the technology giant for Android OS-based devices. An updated authentication application has been announced for Android devices which provides trusted access to an enterprise’s insider apps.

Android device users can now build such relationships via an Azure Authenticator app, which is available at Google Play Store, after its launch on 13 January. This app has been launched as a part of Microsoft’s Workplace Join support, which allows secure access by non-domain devices, running on Android and iOS. This is a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) scenario which provides a certificate for the trusted devices. End users can use the Azure Authenticator app on their Android devices after concerned IT professionals assign them to do so. In this way, end users can establish the connection themselves.

Conditional access to premises-based resources has been supported by this Azure Authenticator app for Android devices and these apps will be controlled on an enterprise’s servers. Conditional access to cloud-based apps via Azure Active Directory service is still not supported by the new app. But the company is working on this aspect too and cloud apps support is expected in a future release. End-users, using the app on Android devices, are allowed with either single sign-in access or optional multifactor authentication access. Single sign-in access means users will not need to log-in every time while accessing different resources within an organisation. The other option is more recommended by the company as it requires a two-step verification while establishing a trusted connection.

Workplace Join is a feature of Windows Server 2012 R2 to establish “conditional access” to resources by non-domain devices. Apart from Windows Server 2012 R2, the other components required by an organisation to use this service are, Active Directory on premises and a subscription to Azure Active Directory Premium. Workplace Join was rolled out initially for Windows 8.1 clients and later it was extended to Windows 7 clients too. Android 4.0 and later devices are authorised for Workplace Join, as well as select Android-based Samsung devices like Samsung GS3 or greater and Samsung Note2 or greater devices. Apple iOS 6 and greater devices also are supported to use Workplace Join.

Check out the official announcement here.

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