Microsoft moves Azure multi-factor authentication to general availability

Microsoft has launched new pricing for its managed multi-factor authentication service.

Microsoft has moved its managed multi-factor authentication service for Azure out of preview, releasing new pricing starting at $2 per user per month or $2 per 10 authentications shared between a group of users.

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The managed identity service can be used to access to Windows Azure, Office 365, Intune, Dynamics CRM and third-party cloud services that support Windows Azure Active Directory.

Microsoft launched the service in preview in June , along with its Active Authentication SDK for developers to build multi-factor authentication into their own apps and directories. Active Authentication was built on technology from PhoneFactor, a phone-based two-factor authentication company it acquired last year . The service supports authentication through a mobile app, phone call or text message.  

Microsoft's preview promotional pricing (half the rate of its general availability pricing) will remain in place until 31 October. It's also offering discounts of up to 32 percent on six and 12 month plans, depending how much is spent. 

Microsoft also released several updates to Azure, including a new low-end in its memory intensive instance selection called A5 with two CPU cores and 14GB of RAM, priced roughly at $335 per month under on-demand pricing.

Azure also supports more Oracle software running in Windows Azure VMs, it announced this week . Microsoft is offering pre-configured VM images running combinations of Oracle Database, Oracle WebLogic Server, and Java Platform SE on Windows, with licences for the Oracle software included.

Finally, Microsoft has also added more controls for MSDN subscriptions over spending limits when consuming resources within Azure.

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