Microsoft Authenticator Overview

What is Microsoft Authenticator?

Azure Multi-Factor Authentication helps safeguard access to data and applications while meeting user demand for a simple sign-on process. It delivers strong authentication via a range of easy verification options - phone call, text message, or mobile app notification and one-time passwords - allowing users to choose the method they prefer. It can be used both on-premises and in the cloud to add security for accessing Microsoft online services, Azure Active Directory-connected SaaS applications, line of business applications and remote access applications.

Microsoft Authenticator is also known as PhoneFactor.

Microsoft Authenticator Buyer's Guide

Download the Microsoft Authenticator Buyer's Guide including reviews and more. Updated: November 2020

Microsoft Authenticator Customers

Insight Enterprises, South Wales Police, Gwent Police, and Dyfed-Powys, Integrit, Turkiye Finans, Winnebago Industries, Globosat Programadora Ltda

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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about Microsoft Authenticator pricing:
  • "It comes free with the Microsoft account. We have a yearly agreement, and all products are covered under it."

Microsoft Authenticator Reviews

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Senior IT Manager at a pharma/biotech company with 501-1,000 employees
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Dec 3, 2020
Stable, easy to set up, and useful for people who travel a lot

What is our primary use case?

We use Microsoft Authenticator as well as Microsoft SMS Authenticator. Normally, we enable MFA for all users who have email access and application access. Users can choose which authenticator they want to use. Based on their convenience, they enable Microsoft Authenticator or Microsoft SMS Authenticator. Almost 80% to 90% of users use Microsoft SMS Authenticator. Users who travel a lot choose Microsoft Authenticator. We are using the latest version. It is updated by default, and we don't have to update the application. It is also automatically updated on mobile.

Pros and Cons

  • "It has been stable, and we haven't had any issues since we started to use it."
  • "Microsoft Authenticator is as easy as Google Authenticator, but it is not open to all types of applications. Google Authenticator is integrated with other third-party platforms and applications, whereas Microsoft Authenticator is not. It should have more integration with third-party platforms and applications."

What other advice do I have?

We will keep using Microsoft Authenticator as a secondary solution. We prefer Microsoft SMS Authenticator over Microsoft Authenticator. I would recommend this solution to others. I would rate Microsoft Authenticator a nine out of ten.