So far Microsoft has had separate authenticator apps for Microsoft accounts and Azure AD — Azure Authenticator for enterprise customers and the Microsoft Account app for consumers. The new Microsoft Authenticator combines the two into one app which supports both enterprise and consumer accounts for various services.
Microsoft Account users will be able to approve a request from a notification on their phones, and the revamped, fingerprint-based Authenticator will also bring support for the Apple Watch (and Samsung Gear).
We’re just getting started on this new app! Now that we’ve finished consolidating into a single code base, we’re expecting to deliver new improvements at a very rapid pace. So, stay on the lookout for this cool new app, and let us know what you think. If you are an enterprise customer, this is a great time to start updating your documentation to direct employees to the new app!
The improved Authenticator app is planned to go live on August 15.
Image credit: Microsoft