IT:AD:Microsoft Account


A Microsoft Account is one of the two types of IdP Accounts associated to an Azure Accounts: * Personal Accounts * Organisational Accounts (also known as an Azure AD Account, or Work/School Account).

AzureIdP IdentityAzure ADMicrosoft LiveAccountAccount infoaccessible via Personal AccountMicrosoft AccountOrganisation AccountAzure AD AccountAccount infoaccessible via

Personal Accounts:

  • are personal, consumer accounts, created by individuals themselves (as oppossed to an Org's admin) and stored at
  • services authenticate by redirecting users to sign in via
  • are currently called Microsoft Accounts (Passport Accounts became Live Accounts, which became Microsoft Accounts)
  • Can access services registered in the Azure ADs to which the user has been invited.
    • Note: Azure AD has a federation trust relationship with Hence Azure AD can authenticate “native” org accounts, as well as “guest” consumer Microsoft Accounts.
  • Considerations:
    • There is no API for provisioning Microsoft Accounts, and therefore cannot currently fulfill Organisational (Business/School) provisioning/management/deprovisioning requirements.
A comparison between the two types of Accounts (Personal/Organisation) is available at: IT:AD:Azure:Account.
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