Users will now have an easier way to launch their Azure Active Directory (AD) connected applications, access the security settings and change memberships in groups.
Microsoft states that the service has received lots of interest and great feedback. Based on those valuable insights, the result is a rather refreshing experience on both desktop and mobile versions.
The company is highlighting the top three new features of the new design in a blog post on TechNet:
- Mobile-friendly with a completely new look – Our responsive layout adjusts to the perfect size no matter what device you're on. The new layout makes it easy to scan through your apps and add new ones.
- “At a glance” notifications and a new user control – Notifications now alert you instantly when an access request comes your way and lets you review them at once. The user control lets you quickly switch between organizations anywhere on the site.
- Improved group management experience – Group management is now a breeze with everything you need on the main page. You can easily see what groups you're in or own, and join or create new ones.
The company is also offering a two-month transition period where individual users can opt in. Hence, the switch on the new design for everyone is intended at the end of January.
Azure AD Access Panel is available for a tryout here.
A complete organizational tool
The Access Panel is a web-based portal that allows an efficient organization in Azure Active Directory. Users can edit some of their profile settings, as well as view and launch cloud-based applications to which the Azure AD administrator has previously granted access.
However, the Access Panel is a separate feature from the Azure Management Portal. As a result, users don't need to have an Azure subscription. The service also offers mobile app support for iOS and Android devices.
More details about the Access Panel are available here.