Microsoft has partnered with InCommon Affiliate for a program that’s responsible for providing the education community with a way to connect with affiliate partners who are able to help build the necessary underlying online infrastructure on campus that supports federated access.
Through InCommon, the U.S. trust federation in higher education operated by Internet2, higher education institutions and their partners offer access to contract and collaborative services – in a privacy- and security-enhanced method – to faculty, researchers, students and staff.
Microsoft’s identity and access management solution, built on Active Directory, includes:
Microsoft [email protected]: An enterprise-class hosted e-mail, communications and collaboration solution for students, faculty and staff. This service can also be extended to an institutions identity platform for access to the cloud, to enable access to [email protected] services, and provide the benefits of Shibboleth federation support.
Microsoft Cloud Services: With cloud applications for a range of devices, from PCs to laptops to phones, academic organizations can provide collaboration portals, and support long-distance and group-learning environments.
Active Directory Federation Services 2.0: A security token service for IT administrators that is interoperable with Shibboleth.