Two weeks back, we reported that Microsoft is testing a new sign-in experience for Microsoft accounts. Microsoft today officially announced this upcoming change. Microsoft is in the process of converging Azure AD and Microsoft account identity systems and this new sign-in experience redesign is a big step. Sign-in pages for both the services will now have a consistent look and feel.
In this new experience, user will be prompted to enter their username in the first screen followed by their password in the second screen. This design also allows them to easily introduce new forms of authentication like phone sign-in and certificate-based authentication. Enterprise organizations will have the option to customize the background in the login page with their own branding.
The updated design is now in public preview. If you are a Microsoft account user, you can check it out here. If you are an Azure AD user, you’ll see a banner on the sign-in page to opt-in to see the new experience. Microsoft is planning to switch over to the new sign-in UI by default during the last week of September.