May 2024: A look at the latest Microsoft Entra key feature releases, announcements, and updates

Adam Matthews

Welcome to the May edition of our monthly developer update, summarizing the latest news and developments in the ever-evolving world of Microsoft Entra.

We’ve recently rolled out several enhancements that will streamline your development workflow, including custom authentication extensions, which have moved to General Availability. Additionally, native authentication for Microsoft Entra External ID, passkeys in the Microsoft Authenticator app, and an improved configuration experience when using Microsoft Entra External ID with Azure App Service’s built-in authentication are available in public preview.

You’ll find key information about these developments in this blog post as well as links to further guidance, helping you integrate these updates into your applications.

What went Generally Available (GA) since April 2024?

  • Custom authentication extensions: This feature allows you to customize the Microsoft Entra authentication experience by integrating with external systems. A custom claims provider is a type of custom authentication extension that calls a REST API to fetch claims from external systems. Claims are mapped from external systems into tokens and can be assigned to one or many applications in your directory.

New public previews

  • Native authentication for Microsoft Entra External ID: Using native authentication APIs or the MSAL SDK for Android and iOS, you can now create seamless authentication experiences for your customer-facing mobile applications without delegating to a browser. The login interface is hosted on the client application, and the application’s look and feel is controlled in app code—enabling you to create authentication screens that blend seamlessly with their app interface.

  • An improved configuration experience when using Microsoft Entra External ID with Azure App Service’s built-in authentication: Azure App Service provides built-in authentication and authorization capabilities, so you can sign in users and access data by writing minimal or no code in your web app, RESTful API, and mobile back end, and also Azure Functions.

  • Passkeys in Microsoft Authenticator app: Users can now create device-bound passkeys in the Microsoft Authenticator app to access Microsoft Entra ID resources. Passkeys in the app provide cost-effective, scalable, standards-based phishing-resistant authentication from a user’s mobile device while simultaneously providing for a seamless user experience.

  • FIDO2 authentication in Android web browsers: Users can now sign in with a FIDO2 security key in Chrome and Edge on Android. This change is applicable to all users who are in scope for the FIDO2 authentication method. FIDO2 registration in Android web browsers is not available yet.

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This blog post aims to keep you informed and engaged with the latest Microsoft Entra developments, helping you harness these new features and capabilities in your identity development journey.

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