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Windows Azure Active Directory is now ready for use in production environments and it is FREE!

Windows Azure Active Directory has reached general availability and is now ready for use in production environments.
Windows Azure Active Directory (Windows Azure AD), enables customers to maintain a single identity that can be used to access applications that are run on Windows Azure or within their own data centers by federating with their on premise directory.
Some key benefits include:

      One identity, many applications. With single sign-on enabled, your existing corporate accounts can access resources within your company, plus access cloud applications seamlessly.
      Easy integration with Microsoft Office 365. Are you moving productivity to the cloud? No worries. Windows Azure AD interoperates with Office 365, so setup is quick, and it can federate users with existing directories if needed.
      New apps, a single identity. The cloud offers new ways to develop and deploy applications quickly. Now it’s easy to secure those applications, too. You can employ simple, standards-based developer interfaces that provide secure access and deliver single sign-on for your users.

If you’re new to Windows Azure Active Directory, there are a few resources to get you started, including Identity Overview, Whiteboard Video, and Documentation.
Windows Azure AD is the authentication resource for Office 365, Windows Intune, and other Microsoft services. If you’re using these services, you’re already using Windows Azure AD.
During its preview period, Windows Azure Active Directory was available at no charge. We’re pleased to let you know that Windows Azure AD—including the base directory in addition to Tenant, User & Group Management, Single Sign-On, Graph API, cloud application provisioning, Directory Synchronization, and Directory Federation benefits—will continue to be available at no charge. For more information about pricing, please visit the
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Dan Stolts (The "ITProGuru") is a technology expert who is a master of systems management and security. He is proficient in many Microsoft products especially in the server area (Windows Server, System Center, Exchange, SharePoint, Virtualization, Etc) and holds many certifications including MCT, MCITP, MCSE, TS, etc. Dan is currently specializing in System Management and Security and is also very passionate about virtualization technologies. Dan is and has been a very active member of the community. He is president of Boston User Groups, Founder of Virtualization Group Boston, Founder of North East Leaders and serves on many IT Community group boards. He is in the process of writing his first book on building technology communities. He is a believer in social networking and can be reached on twitter @ITProGuru. He has participated in many non-technology community groups such as: Rotary Club, Lions Club, local Chambers of Commerce and is a mentor for the local high schools. Dan is an enthusiastic advocate of technology and is passionate about helping others. Dan's lifelong passion has been and continues to be to help and teach others!

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