Another day and another round of Microsoft product name changes – this time Azure AD and related products are being aligned with the Microsoft Entra product family name.
The Microsoft Entra product family was announced in May 2022 as packaging together of all the Microsoft identity and access products, including Azure AD as well as adding a few new products.
Yesterday (11 July 2023), Microsoft announced that Azure AD will be now called Microsoft Entra ID.
From a licencing point of view nothing changes just a bunch of name changes.
- Azure AD Free becomes Microsoft Entra ID Free.
- Azure AD Premium P1 becomes Microsoft Entra ID P1.
- Azure AD Premium P2 becomes Microsoft Entra ID P2.
- Azure AD External Identities, becomes Microsoft Entra External ID.
The naming of features changes to Microsoft Entra. For example:
- Azure AD tenant becomes Microsoft Entra tenant
- Azure AD account becomes Microsoft Entra account
- Azure AD joined becomes Microsoft Entra joined
- Azure AD Conditional Access becomes Microsoft Entra Conditional Access
- Azure AD Conditional Access is becoming “Microsoft Entra Conditional Access
- Azure AD single sign-on is becoming “Microsoft Entra single sign-on
- Azure AD tenant is becoming Microsoft Entra tenant
The features and capabilities of the products remain unchanged and for a while we will see both the old and new names being used. You can continue to use all features without any interruption.
Pricing, terms and SLAs all remain the same!
There are a few features where the naming isn’t being changed but rather the features are being replaced:
- Azure AD Authentication Library (ADAL) is being replaced by Microsoft Authentication Library (MSAL)
- Azure AD Graph is being replaced by Microsoft Graph
- Azure Active Directory PowerShell for Graph (Azure AD PowerShell) is replaced by Microsoft Graph PowerShell
All reasonably straight forward. I hope this helps clarify things and if I have missed anything please post a comment below.