Microsoft Renames Azure AD to Microsoft Entra ID
Microsoft announced that they will rename Azure AD (AAD) to Entra ID in their attempt to reflect the progression of modern multicloud identity security, eventually simplify secure access for all Microsoft 365 users, and to provide naming consistency for identity and access solutions.
Some experts in the industry likely wonder why? Why rename Azure AD (AAD) if Microsoft isn’t providing any enhancements, new features, or even deprecating features in Azure AD.
It appears the reason is to integrate the Entra ID product name into the already existing Microsoft Entra product family, which includes:
- Microsoft Entra ID
- Microsoft Entra ID Protection
- Microsoft Entra ID Governance
- Microsoft Entra External ID
- Microsoft Entra Internet Access
- Microsoft Entra Private Access
- Microsoft Entra Permissions Management
- Microsoft Entra Verified ID
- Microsoft Entra Workload ID
You may want to learn more about Entra ID, and the Entra product family by visiting the Microsoft Entra Documentation center.
The good news: if you are currently using AAD, there won’t be any interruption of the service, and your existing deployments, configurations, and integrations will seamlessly function as they are today.
However, the service plan display names that currently include AAD will change on October 1, 2023, as shown in Figure 1.
From a developer’s perspective and Microsoft’s effort to minimize the impact on developers, there won’t be any changes to any of the following AAD-related components:
- Login URLs
- PowerShell cmdlets
- Microsoft Authentication Libraries (MSAL)
- Developer experiences
- Developer tools
Furthermore, Microsoft will continue to support the resources you’re currently using to build applications used by customers and users to sign in using their Microsoft identities and social accounts. Also, the following Microsoft-related identity products and services naming have not changed with the Entra branding:
- Microsoft Authentication Library (MSAL)
- Microsoft Graph
- Microsoft Graph PowerShell
- Windows Server Active Directory
- Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS)
- Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS)
- The “Active Directory” product name
- Azure Active Directory B2C
The page used to manage the Entra product family is the Microsoft Entra admin center shown in Figure 2.
Except for remembering the new name for Azure AD, it shouldn’t be a big learning curve to make the transition to Entra ID. I suggest you begin by exploring the Entra product documentation page, as well as familiarize yourself with how to navigate in the Entra ID admin center to access all the Entra-related products. Doing so it will make the transition to Entra ID from Azure AD pretty easy.