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Microsoft's new Chrome extension brings unified sign-in to organizations

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A new chrome extension from Microsoft allows single sign-in authentication to users who log in to Windows 10 using their Microsoft account and access their organizations Azure Active Directory content, or who deal with conditional access policies.

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If you are a user of Microsoft services, a feature which you might appreciate is the ability to perform a single sign-in and for this to automatically authenticate for other Microsoft products. An example of this is if you use your Microsoft account to log in to Windows 10, the UWP Skype app and the UWP Mail app will automatically authenticate your account and allow you to use these without having to log in each time.

This single sign-in also integrates with Edge browser allowing automatic sign-in on outlook.com with a single button click by pulling authentication details from your computer. The same can be done for accessing your Microsoft account through the account page, although security based actions such as changing default email address or password require you to re-enter your details.

The problem with this integration is that most users have a favorite browser that they prefer to use and often Edge isn't that browser. Microsoft knows this and has now introduced a Chrome extension called "Windows 10 Accounts" which allows this feature for organizations using Azure Active Directory and dealing with conditional access policies.

Hopefully, this is a precursor to a consumer orientated extension that allows the same sort of Microsoft account integration in Chrome as we currently get with Edge Browser.

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Craig Ward, 2017-08-17 (Update: 2017-08-17)
Craig Ward
Craig Ward - News Editor
I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.