Google announced on Monday that it is adding pre-configured support for single sign in for Microsoft Office 365, Facebook at Work, Panorama9, New Relic, Concur, Coupa, Box, Slack and more. The implication is that the web giant will act as an identity provider for users on the aforementioned platforms.
The tech firm first introduced its identity providing services for other platforms on the web via the SAML 2.0 standard last year. The service was specifically targeted towards business users but now is widely used by all sorts of consumers.
Today’s announcement adds 14 new names to the ever-expanding list of platforms (in the hundreds currently) that allow Alphabet’s subsidiary to be their identity provider. Most of the previously connected apps were supported through the Google Apps Marketplace and OpenID Connect.
To make security even more resilient, Google allows you to combine its identity services with its Apps enterprise mobile management controls like password strength, lock screen requirements and app management. These services are more defined on mobile.
Product Manager Shashank Gupta writes,
[…] These can work in tandem with the increasing number of mobile security options, from hardware such as fingerprint readers, to software such as Smart Lock. Our Google Smart Lock features are available to all Accounts, including those used at work, and we provide identity services and enterprise mobility management (EMM) as part of Google Apps for Work at no additional cost.
This means that you can access and secure all your accounts in the supportive platforms directly by using your Google credentials.