Upcoming improvements to the Azure AD sign-in experience

Howdy folks,

I’d like to give you an early heads up on some visual design updates that are coming to the Azure AD sign-in experience. Customers gave us a LOT of feedback last time we updated the sign in. It was clear that you wanted us to provide more notification, earlier in the process with more information. We’ve learned and this time we’re giving you more time and info than ever before.

Since we released the redesign of the sign-in screens a few months ago, we’ve gotten feedback on how we can further improve the new UI. Our next set of changes aims to reduce clutter and make our screens look cleaner. A visually simpler UI helps users focus on the task at hand signing in.

This is solely a visual UI change with no changes to functionality. Existing company branding settings will carry forward to the updated UI.

Here are the changes in this release:

  1. Updated layout and styling of UI elements

    The images below show the differences between the existing UI and the updated one. Expect the updated styling to show up on all authentication flows including MFA and change password screens.

  2. Moving all screens to the new sign-in experience

    Some of our screens remained as-is when we enabled the new sign-in experience last year. As part of this update, we’re moving all screens to the new UI.

Notification to register for MFA

Notification to register for SSPR

Conditional Access Install Intune Company Portal app

Conditional access Register device

Device login

We plan to gradually roll these changes out to give you time to prepare for them. Here’s a timeline of what to expect in the upcoming months:

Timeframe Change
Early-May We’ll release a notification banner on the existing sign-in page so everyone has the opportunity to learn about and prepare for the change. See the image below for what this banner will look like.
Mid-May A link to preview the updated UI will be available in the notification banner. This preview gives you the opportunity to capture screenshots of the new UI if you need to update user documentation. When in the preview, users will have a link to switch back to the existing experience.
Mid-June The updated sign-in UI will be made generally available. All users will default to the updated UI.


Change notification banner:

We’ll also be publishing an updated ADFS web theme so you can update your ADFS servers to have a consistent look across federated sign-ins. More information on this will be available soon.

Let us know if you have any questions, and as always, we’re looking forward to your feedback and suggestions. Head on over to the Azure Active Directory Forum to share your thoughts with us!

Best regards,

Alex Simons (Twitter: @Alex_A_Simons)

Director, Program Management

Microsoft Identity Division

Source: EM+S Blog Feed

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