Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) users can now login without having to enter a password as Yubico has announced that YubiKey passwordless authentication is now available on the platform.
Nearly three years ago, Yubico first embarked on this journey with Microsoft when the company brought the first FIDO2-enabled security key to the market and since that time, demand for passwordless authentication has grown significantly.
End users can now use passwordless authentication and a YubiKey or other security key to log in to Microsoft 365 web apps in Chrome and Edge on desktop, enterprise applications federated with Azure Active Directory, Windows 10 devices (version 1903 and higher) connected to Azure Active Directory and Windows 10 devices connected to a hybrid Active Directory.
Corporate VP of program management at Microsoft’s Identity Division Alex Simons explained how broad support for FIDO2 standards can help organizations move beyond passwords, saying:
“Now with broad support for FIDO2 standards, our customers can offer their users an authentication experience that is effortless, cross-platform and highly secure. We are pleased to be part of a partnership with Yubico in our joint effort to go beyond passwords and provide more secure environments for today’s workers.”
Many of Yubico’s YubiKeys support Microsoft’s passwordless authentication, including the company’s flagship YubiKey 5 series and Security Key NFC. To get started with passwordless authentication in their Microsoft environment, organizations should either purchase a passwordless starter kit or contact the Yubico sales team for a consultation.
Yubico and Microsoft want to finally eliminate passwords for good