31 December 2017 microsoft account, azure ad, office365 Robert Muehsig

It is quite common these days to “Login with Facebook/Google/Twitter”. Of course Microsoft has something similar. If I remember it correctly the first version was called “Live SDK” with the possibility to login with your personal Microsoft Account.

With Office 365 and the introduction of Azure AD we were able to build an application to sign-in with a personal account via the “Live SDK” and organizational account via “Azure AD”.

However: The developer and end user UX was far way from perfect, because the implementation for each account type was different and for the user it was not clear which one to choose.

Microsoft Graph & Azure AD 2.0

Fast forward to the right way: Use the Azure AD 2.0 endpoint.

Step 1: Register your own application

You just need to register your own application in the Application Registration Portal. The registration itself is a typical OAuth-application registration and you get a ClientId and Secret for your application.

Warning: If you have “older” LiveSDK application registered under your account you need to choose Converged Applications. LiveSDK applications are more or less legacy and I wouldn’t use them anymore.

Step 2: Choose a platform

Now you need to choose your application platform. If you want to enable the sign-in stuff for your web application you need to choose “Web” and insert the redirect URL. After the sign-in process the token will be send to this URL.


Step 3: Choose Microsoft Graph Permissions (Scopes)

In the last step you need to select what permissions your applications need. A first-time user needs to accept your permission requests. The “Microsoft Graph” is a collection of APIs that works for personal Microsoft accounts and Office 365/Azure AD account.


The “User.Read” permission is the most basic permission that would allow to sign-in, but if you want to access other APIs as well you just need to add those permissions to your application:



After the application registration and the selection of the needed permissions you are ready to go. You can even generate a sample application on the portal. For a quick start check this page

Microsoft Graph Explorer


As I already said: The Graph is the center of Microsofts Cloud Data and the easiest way to play around with the different scopes and possibilities is with the Microsoft Graph Explorer.

Hope this helps.

Written by Robert Muehsig

Software Developer - from Dresden, Germany, now living & working in Switzerland. Microsoft MVP & Web Geek.
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