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We have released Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for Office 365 with the Office 365 blog announcement. Along with this update, App Passwords for federated users was also released.
This expands the MFA offering we had for admins, to users of Office 365. This will allow organizations with Office 365 subscriptions to enable multi-factor authentication for their Office 365 users without requiring any additional purchase or subscription as long as you have at least one Office 365 subscription of any type.
Overview of MFA for Office 365
You can read up more on MFA for Office 365 here and on advanced features of Windows Azure Multi-Factor Authentication here.
There are some known applications that do not work with App Passwords…
For a list of supported applications, go to http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/7a9c56cf-72f1-4797-8e86-a9a2d9569ef6#whatareapp
Can any of these be configured so that on premise users who are logged into the network can avoid the 2nd authentication when they access off-premise services (O365)? I only need MFA for people are not already authenticated in the office.
Good Question Dean, I would like to know that answer as well as can you set the users phone number as an administrator? I have people that really don't need to access their work from anywhere but the office, and I would like to specify the user can not change the phone number used for the second authentication?
Unfortunately Small Business and Small Business Premium users where left out. Guys, today, MFA is a must-have security feature for any cloud service. Please resolve this as soon as possible, just as your competition did.
I second srcsalto remarks. Small Business and Small Business Premium users should be able to use MFA. Is there any planning to add that feature soon ?
I second srcsalto and Sixko on the concern that multi-factor authentication is missing from the Small Business plan. I tweeted the office365 account and they said this was not on the roadmap: I appreciate there has to be differences between your products, but it is inexcusable for one of those differences to be what is now becoming an expected security feature.
It's especially galling that you can get this feature for free with Dropbox, Gmail, Evernote, Facebook and most importantly, your own outlook.com.
The one feature that's been keeping my business files out of Skydrive Pro vs Dropbox has been the lack of multi-factor auth: please reconsider.
I'm sorry to insist on this Bill, but like Trystan pointed out, every other major cloud service provides TFA. Company size shouldn't be even considered regarding security, and it's a bit of a contradiction, as you obviously think that even free outlook.com accounts need to be protected by TFA.
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