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Here at Ping we work hard to make sure that all the pieces of your on-premises and cloud ecosystems play nicely together. We know that Microsoft Office 365 is a big area of emphasis for our customers and we're happy to announce that we've recently completed testing for the "Works with Office 365 - Identity" program with PingFederate 7.2.
The qualification process involves setting up a number of SSO scenarios using PingFederate as the identity provider (IdP) for Office 365. The IdP vendor runs a series of Microsoft defined tests, the results of which are then validated by Microsoft support personnel using the vendor's own test environment.
These tests include both passive authentication for browser-based applications and active authentication using WS-Trust for desktop clients such as Outlook and Lync. There are even scenarios that test passing the initial desktop domain login session into the browser using Integrated Windows Authentication (IWA) for a true SSO experience.
As expected, PingFederate 7.2 was able to meet all of the testing scenarios defined in the program, as confirmed by Microsoft via qualification of our testing environment. And unlike some of our competitors our qualification was completed without any exceptions, even on the "hard stuff" like IWA and active authentication.
Rest assured that as you continue to migrate your Microsoft environment to Office 365 Ping will be there to connect it with the rest of your infrastructure, both inside and outside of the firewall. We plan to repeat this validation effort with each publicly released future version of PingFederate, and we'll continue to add features to the other parts of our Microsoft toolkit such as our user provisioning and social login plugins.