Ability to connect Windows Azure Active Directory Account to Windwos 8 Account
For small deployments (without ADDS/ADFS on-premises) it would be very useful if user could login Windows with a WAAD Account. That means: same user experience with WAAD Account as todays experience with public Microsoft (Live) ID.
Thank you for the suggestion and I will pass your idea along to appropriate Program Manager.
Stuart Morris commented
Please implement this! I have just run into this use-case so the sooner the better! (Specifically with not being able to use Intune with a Microsoft Account). For the small cloud-only deployment, it's not worth hosting ADFS in Azure..
Jeff Evans commented
Making the move to a purely cloud based infrastructure means that this is a must have for us. Having to setup an ADDS in the cloud to basically replicate what WAAD already contains is just way too heavy.
Please allow direct WAAD access for Windows user accounts/authentication, contacts, groups etc.. so that we can bypass AD altogether.
Jared Pickerell - Troy USD 429 commented
Where this would be very beneficial is to be able to use our WAAD/Office 365/Organizational Account (all the same thing) for the Microsoft Store and office.microsoft.com (also Onenote mobile apps that require to first log into a Microsoft Account)! Microsoft's requirement of only allowing Windows 8 to link to a personal "Microsoft Account" and not WAAD/O365 is causing huge problems for educational institutions and businesses wanting to deploy Windows 8 and fully utilize all online services in a managed manner.
Tom Van Gramberen commented
For sure a great idea for SMB's moving to Office365.
I actually have a live case where we are discussing if an ADDS deployment is useful. This could be an alternative.
Raine Widjeskog commented
Working as an external service provider for SMB IT infrastructure, i think this might be a great function
I can't upvote this enough. Best idea on the board.
Johan Eliasson commented
This would be very much appreciated.