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We know that many of you have been looking for APIs that support development of applications that leverage the Office 365 directory. Yeah, we’ve had PowerShell – not a true programming interface – that admins can use to automate repetitive data handling tasks. Until now that was the best we could make available.
GOOD NEWS! I am happy to announce that we just released the Windows Azure Active Directory Graph API which will enable you to develop directory enabled apps that work with Office 365 tenants.
Q. Why is it called Widows Azure Active Directory (AD) Graph API – why not Office 365 Graph API?
A. Because Azure AD is the core directory for Office 365 and many Online services beyond Office 365, including Intune, Dynamics CRM, and many more applications that will be coming online.
Here’s some general information about the Graph API.
What can you do with the Graph API? Very similar to on-premises applications that access to on-premises Active Directory, many applications now need to securely connect to customers’ cloud directory (Windows Azure Active Directory). Use cases include people pickers, security group lookup, user provisioning, user/group management, password reset – all of these must be able to look up directory data such as managers, direct reports, and users’ thumbnail photo’s.
I’m Ed Wu, Senior Program Manager with Azure Active Directory. I started working on Office 365 in 2007. I recently moved over to the Azure team to work on Active Directory for the cloud. I’m going to post several more blog posts over the next few weeks with information about how easy it is to write code using the Graph API, some code samples, how to authenticate and authorize application access, and other cool use cases. Here are the topics I’m currently planning
Here are a few pointers to more information about the Graph API.
Sign in and leave a comment below to ask questions and let me know what you think. I’ll drop by a few times a week to answer the questions I can.