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Google Extends Single Sign-On to Office 365

Google today said it has configured its identity and access single sign-on tool to work with some unlikely partners' SaaS offerings, notably Facebook and Microsoft. The company's new SAML 2.0-based Google Identity offering released in October can now provide single sign-on access to Office 365 as well as Facebook at Work through the use of Google Apps credentials.

In addition, Google Identity is also now configured to work with a number of other popular SaaS offerings from the likes of Box, Concur, Coupa, New Relic, Panorama9 and Slack, among others.

In all, the company claims Google Identity now works with hundreds apps and services available in the Google Apps Marketplace. Google Identity came about back in October when the company added SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) 2.0 to its existing OpenID Connect (OIDC) Identity Provider.

Google Identity brought single sign-on capability to its Google Admin Console to SaaS offerings in its marketplace. At the time of its release, Google had indicated that Office 365 was among those in the queue.

Administrators can also combine Google's identity services with Google Apps enterprise mobile management controls, such as setting thresholds for password strength, lock screen requirement and application management, according to today's announcement. Google also published details on how to integrate its identity provider other apps or systems.

The identity services also support Google's Smart Lock multifactor authentication capabilities available with Google Accounts. It also offers identity services for enterprise mobility management offerings.

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 03/14/2016 at 11:56 AM


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