Microsoft Fixing AzureAD and Personal Account Sing-in Overlap

having a personal Microsoft account with a work address as a username is fraught with issues for end-users and IT departments alike.

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Work is under process to clear up the Azure Active Directory and Microsoft account overlapping issues.

In a post, Alex Simons, Microsoft Identity Division director, describing the petentially confusing user experience when mixing Azure AD and Microsoft peronal accounts (foremerly Live ID) to log in to Microsoft services said, "is the result of having two giant cloud scale identity systems built by different parts of the company." Adding, Simons notes, they've combined those teams, and is working to address these issues.

Towards solving this issue, releasing the new combined Microsoft Authenticator apps for iOS and Android back in August was the first major deliverable from those efforts, Simons noted.

AzureAD and Microsoft account overlap

Explaining the problem he says, "over 4M people have a personal account with a work/school email address as a username. And if their organization has an Azure AD tenant, users end up having two Microsoft identities with same email address (one in Azure AD & one Microsoft account)."

Based on these facts, starting today, they'll be blocking new personal account sign-up with work/school email address, [if the email domain is configured in Azure AD]. "It has no impact on users having a Microsoft account with work email address," he said.

Those already in this situation, can "rename their personal Microsoft account," means "changing username," and "it doesn't impact work email or how you sign in to business services," adding he said.

Adding, he said, company will not block the ability to use a work email address to sign up for these business services.

Further he said, this sign-up block is now active for all domains names that are configured (DNS-verified) in Azure AD. No action is necessary to enable the block.

The post concludes with somes do's and don'ts for IT professionals, read here.

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The project was developed by Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, the University of Kent, Shearwater Systems and Graphnet Health— uses Microsoft Band and Azure cloud services, says, the tech could soon allow "people with epilepsy to predict when they will have seizures."

MyCareCentric Epilepsy is aimed at helping epilepsy patients while reducing health care costs. It records patients' data such as sleep patterns, heart rate and temperature, and then compares that information with their medical records and a log of when seizures occur.

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