Multi-Factor Authentication Now Available As A Service On Windows Azure

Microsoft recently added two-factor authentication to its own Outlook.com just a few months back.  Now multi-factor authentication is available as a service on Windows Azure. 

Multi-Factor Authentication quickly enables an additional layer security for users signing in from around the globe.  In addition to a username and password, users may authenticate via: 1) An application on their mobile device.  2) Automated voice call.  3) Text message with a passcode.

    • On-Premises VPNs, Web Applications, and More — Run the Multi-Factor Authentication Server on your existing hardware or in a Windows Azure Virtual Machine. Synchronize with your Windows Server Active Directory for automated user set up.
    • Cloud Applications like Windows Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics CRM — Enable Multi-Factor Authentication for Windows Azure AD identities with the flip of a switch, and users will be prompted to set up multi-factor the next time they sign-in. 
    • Custom Applications — Use our SDK to build Multi-Factor Authentication phone call and text message authentication into your application’s sign-in or transaction processes.

    Windows Azure Multi-Factor Authentication offers two pricing options: $2 per user per month or $2 for 10 authentications.  Visit the pricing page to learn more.

    Source: Scott Guthrie

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