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“Unlock the Power of Microsoft Entra with the External ID Public Preview!”

Microsoft Entra External ID Public Preview: A Guide for Developers
Overview
Microsoft Entra External ID is an Identity as a Service (IDaaS) solution that provides an easy way for developers to manage authentication for their applications. The public preview of the platform was announced in July 2020, and developers are now able to register and get started with the service. This blog post provides an overview of the features and capabilities of Microsoft Entra External ID, and a step-by-step guide for developers to get started.

What is Microsoft Entra External ID?
Microsoft Entra External ID is an identity-as-a-service (IDaaS) platform that enables developers to create and manage authentication for their applications. It simplifies the process of managing authentication tokens for users, allowing developers to quickly and easily set up and manage authentication for their applications. The platform provides a range of features, including multi-factor authentication, single sign-on (SSO), and user provisioning.

Features and Benefits of Microsoft Entra External ID
* Multi-factor authentication: The platform provides users with the ability to authenticate with multiple factors, such as passwords, security questions, and biometrics. This provides an additional layer of security for users, and makes it difficult for malicious actors to gain access to sensitive data.
* Single sign-on (SSO): The platform allows users to sign in to multiple applications with a single set of credentials. This makes it easier for users to access the applications they need, and reduces the need for multiple passwords and logins.
* User provisioning: The platform allows administrators to quickly and easily create user accounts, and manage the permissions and access associated with those accounts. This simplifies the process of managing user accounts, and makes it easier for administrators to ensure that users have the appropriate access to the applications they need.

Getting Started with Microsoft Entra External ID
The first step to getting started with Microsoft Entra External ID is to create an account. To do this, developers will need to go to the Microsoft Entra External ID website and sign up for an account.

Step 1: Sign up for an Account
Go to the Microsoft Entra External ID website and click the “Sign Up” button. Fill in the required information, and then click the “Create Account” button. Your account will then be created and you will be able to log in and start using the platform.

Step 2: Set up Your Application
Once your account is created, you will need to set up your application. To do this, go to the “My Applications” page and click the “Create Application” button. Fill in the required information, and then click the “Create Application” button. Your application will then be created and you will be able to start configuring it.

Step 3: Configure Your Application
Once your application is created, you will need to configure it. To do this, go to the “Configuration” page for your application and fill in the required information. This includes setting up the authentication methods (such as passwords, security questions, and biometrics) and setting up the user provisioning rules. Once this is done, you will be able to start using the platform.

Conclusion
Microsoft Entra External ID is an identity-as-a-service (IDaaS) platform that simplifies the process of managing authentication tokens for users. The platform provides a range of features, including multi-factor authentication, single sign-on (SSO), and user provisioning. The public preview of the platform was announced in July 2020, and developers are now able to register and get started with the service. This blog post provided an overview of the features and capabilities of Microsoft Entra External ID, and a step-by-step guide for developers to get started.

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