Significant Access Control Service (ACS) updates released to AppFabric LABS environment today. Take a look at the Windows Azure AppFabric team blog for the formal announcement. I’d rather show you a quick demo.

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Quick summary of new capabilities in the Access Control Service:

  • Integration with Windows Identity Foundation (WIF) and tooling

  • Out-of-the-box support for popular web identity providers including: Windows Live ID, OpenID, Google, Yahoo, and Facebook

  • Out-of-the-box support for Active Directory Federation Server v2.0

  • Support for OAuth WRAP, WS-Trust, and WS-Federation protocols

  • Support for the SAML 1.1, SAML 2.0, and Simple Web Token (SWT) token formats

  • Integrated and customizable Home Realm Discovery that allows end-users to choose their identity provider

  • An OData-based Management Service that provides programmatic access to ACS configuration

  • A Web Portal that allows administrative access to ACS configuration

Try this out yourself. Use Visual Studio, install Windows Identity Foundation, and go to

For detailed information and a more verbose walkthrough (i.e. including explanations), listen to Justin Smith’s walkthrough and interview.

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