Microsoft Announces Office 2013 Modern Authentication Public Preview

Office 2013 Modern Auth

Microsoft today announced that Office 2013 client modern authentication features have moved from private preview to public preview. Modern authentication brings Active Directory Authentication Library (ADAL)-based sign in to Office 2013 Windows clients. Now, it is available to any customer running the March 2015 or later update for Office 2013. Office 2013 client applications sign in to the Office 365 service to gain access to Exchange Online email, to access files on SharePoint Online, to connect to Skype for Business Online (formerly Lync Online), and to activate the Office client license.

Here are some scenarios that are enabled, which are described in more detail in the previous post about ADAL-based authentication:

  1. Multi-factor authentication (MFA) for Office 2013 client applications
  2. SAML-based third-party identity provider sign in
  3. Smart card and certificate-based authentication
  4. Outlook no longer requiring the basic authentication protocol

The following chart shows the availability of other Office client applications with modern authentication (ADAL):

 WindowsMac OS XWindows PhoneiOSAndroid
Office clientsOffice 2013 public preview is available now. ADAL will also be included in Office 2016.Office 2016 Mac Preview supports ADAL including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. OneNote was released with ADAL in 2014.Coming soonWord, Excel, and PowerPoint are available now.For Android Phone: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are available now.For Android Tablet:  Word, Excel and PowerPoint are coming soon.
Skype for Business (formerly Lync)Included in Office client.TBDComing soonComing soonComing soon
Email clientIncluded in Office client.Outlook uses ADAL for licensing but not for yet for mailbox access.Coming soonOutlook is TBDOutlook is TBD
OneDrive for BusinessIncluded in Office client.OneDrive for Business sync are TBD.Available now for Windows Phone 8.1.OneDrive for Business is available now.OneDrive for Business is available now.
 Legacy clientsThere are no plans for Office 2010 or Office 2007 to support ADAL- based authentication.There are no plans for Office for Mac 2011 to support ADAL-based authentication.There are no plans for Office on Windows Phone 7 to support ADAL- based authentication.There are no plans to enable Outlook Web APP (OWA) for iOS with ADAL.There are no plans to enable OWA for Android with ADAL.

Source: Office

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