While Google claims to allow you the flexibility to use “multiple google apps, one Google account”. Microsoft allows you to actually use ANY APP with just one Azure AD account.
Yes a rather underused technology as of now, that allows you to be able to use (as an end user) or to provide (as an enterprise or business owner) access to multiple applications (>1250) of everyday use with just ONE Azure Active Directory account.
So if you are an Azure subscriber, here is how you can set it all up:
1. Login to your Windows Azure portal at http://manage.windowsazure.com
2. Scroll to and select the Active Directory tab. This shows your Azure based active directory in the details pane.
3. Select your organization name to explore further details.
4. Select Applications tab
5. Click Add at the bottom of the Applications page.
7. Select an application from the list of more than 1250 applications at present..
8. Now Enable SSO with the selected application as a first step:
9. Select one of the 2 ways to implement SSO with the selected apps:
10. Next Click on Assign Users that then takes you back to the list of users having account in your Azure AD
11. Select the user to who you’d like to assign access to the application by clicking on the Assign button at the bottom.
12. Almost there… just specify the creds for the account user may already have for the specific app (will be used to sign in) or allow the user to specify the credentials for the app himself from the MyApps Portal
13. All Done. Lets login to the MyApps Portal using the AD account
14. For the first time as you click on the recently assigned app, IE prompts you to download and install the SSO Add On as follows
15. Once installed, the plug in may be enabled from the IE Manage Add Ons tool in the Internet explorer settings
16. Once IE restarts, you may click back on the app tile in the MyApps portal to be instantly logged in with the stored SSO credentials to the app without having to sign in with the app account