September 30, 2023

Microsoft revealed right now that it’s going to rebrand Azure Lively Listing (AD) to Entra ID. It’s the tip of an period.

“To simplify our product naming and unify our product household, we’re altering the title of Azure AD to Microsoft Entra ID,” Microsoft president Pleasure Chik writes within the announcement put up. “Capabilities and licensing plans, sign-in URLs, and APIs stay unchanged, and all current deployments, configurations, and integrations will proceed to work as earlier than. Beginning right now, you’ll see notifications within the administrator portal, on our web sites, in documentation, and elsewhere the place you could work together with Azure AD. We’ll full the title change from Azure AD to Microsoft Entra ID by the tip of 2023. No motion is required from you.”

As a part of this modification, the standalone license names for this product are altering too. Azure AD Free will likely be renamed to Microsoft Entra ID Free efficient October 1. Equally, Azure AD Premium P1 will likely be renamed to Microsoft Entra ID P1, Azure AD Premium P2 will likely be renamed to Microsoft Entra ID P2, and Azure AD Exterior Identities will likely be renamed to Microsoft Entra Exterior ID.

We’ve by no means written in regards to the Entra model right here on Thurrott.com as a result of it’s not likely related, however this modification, nicely, modifications issues (as Azure AD is considerably related). Microsoft introduced the Entra model and product line in Might 2022, and it initially included three merchandise, Microsoft Azure Lively Listing (Azure AD), Microsoft Entra Permissions Administration, and Microsoft Entra Verified ID. Then, the software program large later added Microsoft Entra ID Governance and Microsoft Entra Workload ID to the product household, leaving its most venerable product—Azure AD—the odd model out.

On that degree, I suppose, the rebranding makes some sense, although the AD a part of Azure AD dates again to its on-premises successor, Lively Listing (AD), which debuted in 2000 as a brand new listing service as a part of Home windows 2000. Sure, AD and Azure AD are separate choices, however they’re very a lot associated, and with Entra pushing ahead as Microsoft’s general cloud providing for identification, safe entry, and community entry, Microsoft could be very a lot reducing an necessary hyperlink to its previous too.

I suppose that’s progress. Nevertheless it feels bizarre.